Pa­trolling the streets

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A long-serv­ing vol­un­teer group which keeps a watch­ful eye on Pukekohe is a part of Z’s Good in the Hood ini­tia­tive.

Pukekohe Com­mu­nity Pa­trol is run by lo­cal vol­un­teers who pa­trol Pukekohe streets, and is one of four or­gan­i­sa­tions in the run­ning for $4000 worth of fund­ing at Z Pukekohe.

Pa­trol co-or­di­na­tor Janet Walling­ton said they were also se­lected for Good in the Hood in 2015 where they re­ceived $400.

‘‘I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to sup­port us, and I know there are four good groups in­volved.’’

The fund­ing would go to­wards the main­te­nance of the pa­trol car, petrol and uni­form costs.

Walling­ton said the pa­trol worked hard to keep the com­mu­nity safe.

‘‘Hope­fully the com­mu­nity can see us out and about and think twice be­fore do­ing any­thing bad.’’

The pa­trol car helped to de­ter bur­glars and van­dals as well, Walling­ton said. ‘‘It can be quite quiet, but we do have our times when we see things go­ing on that we do re­port to the po­lice.’’

Cur­rently, the pa­trol has 30 mem­bers with a ma­jor­ity of them women. Fri­day night through to Sun­day kept the pa­trol at its most busiest.

Walling­ton said: ‘‘The more mem­bers and vol­un­teers we can get, the safer Pukekohe can be.’’

Rose­mary Mills, left, Gra­ham Mills and Janet Walling­ton from CPNZ.

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