QT police looking for patrollers
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.