Neigh­bours watch out for neigh­bours

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

Van­dals, thieves brawlers be­ware.

A group of res­i­dents is pa­trolling Mt Roskill streets on the look­out for sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

The newly formed Mount Roskill Com­mu­nity Pa­trol was launched at a cer­e­mony at St Giles Pres­by­te­rian Church on May 13.

The launch marks six months since the pa­trol was ini­ti­ated by Mt Roskill res­i­dent Taki Tuhaka.

Among those in at­tend-

and ance at the event were Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff and list MP Par­m­jeet Par­mar.

Par­mar pre­sented the pa­trollers with their ID badges be­fore join­ing the group on its first pa­trol of the sub­urb.

Mount Roskill Com­mu­nity Pa­trol sec­re­tary Mer­ril Bourne says the group part­ners with the po­lice to make the com­mu­nity safer.

‘‘Pa­trols can be out there any day or night of the week act­ing as the eyes and ears for our com­mu­nity,’’ Bourne says.

Vol­un­teers are vet­ted and trained over three months be­fore work­ing in small groups to pa­trol the sub­urbs in cars, of­ten at night.

While pa­trollers do not have po­lice pow­ers, they note sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and in­form the po­lice im­me­di­ately.

Miller says Com­mu­nity Pa­trols New Zealand is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers to join.

Mem­bers of the Mt Roskill Com­mu­nity Pa­trol led by Mer­ril Bourne along with Mt Roskill Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Team Sergeant Nick Poore and Avon­dale Se­nior Sergeant Simon Welsh.

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