QT po­lice look­ing for pa­trollers

Central Otago Mirror - - CROMWELL BUSINESS HUB - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Queen­stown po­lice are look­ing for com­mu­nity pa­trollers to help re­duce crime in the area.

Con­sta­ble Abby Pagel said vol­un­teers would be ex­tra ‘‘eyes and ears’’ for po­lice of­fi­cers in Queen­stown.

‘‘With an in­creas­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors to the Queen­stown area, and the sea­sonal in­fluxes, Queen­stown res­i­dents, busi­ness own­ers and the wider pub­lic will all ben­e­fit greatly with the es­tab­lish­ment of a reg­u­lar pa­trol,’’ Pagel said.

At least five peo­ple have to be in the group when vol­un­teer­ing four hours a month on Fri­days and Satur­days.

Over 140 peo­ple are a part of the non-profit vol­un­tary Com- mu­nity Pa­trols of New Zealand group.

Vol­un­teers would re­port in­ci­dents to po­lice, gather in­for­ma­tion, iden­tify sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour and pa­trol ar­eas of con­cern, Pagel said.

Pa­trollers would be given a sign writ­ten car, have ac­cess to a com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tre, could come to po­lice line ups and would un­der­take spe­cial train­ing.

Se­nior Sergeant Paula Enoka said pa­trollers would be guardians of the Queen­stown com­mu­nity.

‘‘We don’t di­rect them in any way on what they are do­ing,’’ Enoka said.

An in­for­ma­tion evening will be held at the Queen­stown Po­lice Sta­tion on Wed­nes­day at 7pm.

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