Com­mu­nity pa­trol out on the streets

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

A com­mu­nity pa­trol will start shortly in Ep­som, spurred on af­ter an at­tack last year when an el­derly cy­clist was thrown from a bridge in Re­muera.

Hob­son Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber Tim Woolfield and chair­man Des­ley Simp­son have been work­ing with lo­cal po­lice to get the pa­trol up and run­ning.

“It is ex­tra eyes and ears,” says Mr Woolfield.

The pa­trol has five mem­bers who each go through a vet­ting process by po­lice.

The group will have day­time pa­trols to de­ter bur­glar­ies and some evening pa­trols, in fourhour shifts.

Garry Miller of Com­mu­nity Pa­trols New Zealand has been work­ing with Mr Woolfield and Mr Simp­son to es­tab­lish the pa­trol.

He says the ac­tiv­i­ties of com­mu­nity pa­trols com­ple­ment po­lice work.

“We’re not wannabe po­lice­men.”

He says a Blockhouse Bay pa­trol has been run­ning for two and a half years and graf­fiti dropped by 80 per­cent when it started.

“We need at least 40 mem­bers,” he says of the new pa­trol.

CPNZ chair­man Rob- ert Fowler says he is pleased with the new pa­trol and it is a great ad­di­tion to com­mu­nity safety.

“It is tasked by po­lice, a hands-off sort of thing.”

The pa­trol will start in Ep­som, and ex­pand to Re­muera and pos­si­bly other sub­urbs.

New­mar­ket po­lice se­nior sergeant Wendy Spiller says it is a great ini­tia­tive.

“The peo­ple of Ep­som should be re­as­sured that ex­tra eyes will be help­ing re­duce crime.”

If you would like to join the com­mu­nity pa­trol con­tact Tim Woolfield on 630-7662.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Keep­ing watch: Tim Woolfield, left, and Garry Miller are work­ing to­gether to keep an eye out for the neigh­bour­hood.

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