Crime Stop­pers vol­un­teer push

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - FRONT PAGE - Re­nee McK­e­own

CRIME Stop­pers are look­ing for the next set of vol­un­teers to join their ranks.

Vol­un­teers would have to go to monthly meet­ings, pro­mote Crime Stop­pers and help them raise re­ward money to solve crimes.

In­ter­ested peo­ple can ap­ply on­line or at­tend the next meet­ing to be held on Oc­to­ber 9 in Cherm­side.

Metro North vol­un­teers com­mit­tee chair Ch­eryl Warnock has been vol­un­teer­ing for two and a half years and said she en­joys it.

“It’s a good cause, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment,” she said.

“It en­gages you with dif­fer­ent walks of life.

“We get a lot of crim­i­nal jus­tice stu­dents and law stu­dents who go on to ap­ply

for po­lice jobs.

“Then we’ve got peo­ple like me, ei­ther re­tired or semi re­tired. Some get ill or be­come car­ers or have the ‘au­dac­ity’ to move out of north Bris­bane,” she joked.

“They learn from us and we learn from them.

“We’re not a de­mand­ing char­ity, they just need to go to a meet­ing once a month and some events for pro­mot­ing and fun­dras­ing.

“At the mo­ment we are do­ing the Bris­bane City Coun­cil Ini­tia­tive - Keep­ing Bris­bane Safe. So we go to the Ea­gle Farm Mar­kets and do sur­veys of peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of crime and safety in their neigh­bour­hood.”

Re­cently Crime Stop­pers vol­un­teers hosted stalls at the Emer­gency Ser­vices Expo at Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue and plan to hold more stalls at shop­ping cen­tres, mar­kets and the Bracken Ridge State School Fair in com­ing weeks.

The Crime Stop­pers meet­ing will start at 6.30pm on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9 at Ke­dron-Wavell Ser­vices Club, 21 Kit­ty­hawk Drive, Cherm­side.

For more de­tails or to ap­ply to vol­un­teer on­line visit www.crimestop­per­sqld.com.au or phone 1300 309 355.

PHOTO: RE­NEE MCK­E­OWN

Sergeant Kerry McKay and Ch­eryl Warnock want more peo­ple to join Crime Stop­pers.

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