Community patrol needs more volunteers to be eyes and ears
Mt Albert’s community patrol is looking to grow and could do with a few more hands on deck to get things moving.
‘‘We’ve got a really strong base with sponsors and better connections with the police, we just need more volunteers,’’ organiser Steve King says.
The patrol runs two nights a week but organisers would like to be out more frequently and in the daytime. It was set up in 2011 as a joint initiative with the Mt Albert Residents Association.
‘‘Mt Albert was going through a bit of a rough patch,’’ founding member and organiser Tony Mayes says.
On the higher end of the crime scale, police had uncovered a drug manufac- turing operation based under the Video Ezy car park on New North Rd.
Community patrols are not the police but act as another set of eyes and ears, organisers say.
The Mt Albert patrol is making a noticeable difference by discouraging taggers, property damage, theft and young people drinking in the area, Mayes says.
One of its biggest successes has been helping to stop a liquor store opening just 100 metres from another outlet.
Patrollers were able to provide evidence of liquor licence breaches at another nearby store owned by the company applying.
‘‘It was a big win for the community,’’ Mayes says.
The patrol is undergoing a bit of a revamp.
It’s been organising social events and other incentives like first aid training for volunteers.
‘‘To those who put their hands up to say: ‘I’d like to play my small part in making my community safer’ – this is the sort of thing you get,’’ King says.
Anyone is welcome to apply to be part of the patrol providing they are willing to be vetted by police, abide by a code of conduct and undergo training.
Sign up: Mt Albert Community Patrol organisers Tony Mayes, left, and Steve King are calling on other residents to get involved.