Com­mu­nity pa­trol needs more vol­un­teers to be eyes and ears

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

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