Walk the beat with­out us­ing your feet

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Ever been told you’d be a good cop? Want to do some­thing to give back to the com­mu­nity?

Porirua Po­lice and the Porirua Com­mu­nity Guardians are look­ing for vol­un­teers to keep an eye on the city cen­tre mon­i­tor­ing cam­eras.

The closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras were in­stalled in 1996 and up­graded be­tween 2011 and 2014 as part of a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween po­lice, Porirua City Coun­cil and the Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The cam­eras im­prove se­cu­rity and en­sure in­ci­dents are im­me­di­ately re­sponded to.

‘‘We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of the guardians and vol­un­teers in help­ing to mon­i­tor the cam­eras and we are keen for more peo­ple to be in­volved,’’ Porirua Po­lice Sergeant Steve McCormick said.

Vol­un­teers mon­i­tor the CCTV net­work from the Porirua Po­lice Sta­tion and need to un­dergo vet­ting and train­ing be­fore they can start.

They need good English and tele­phone skills and ba­sic com­puter lit­er­acy.

Guardians co- or­di­na­tor Terry Ryan said two vol­un­teers were ros­tered on to­gether and times were ne­go­tiable.

‘‘This help from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity com­ple­ments and sup­ports the work of the po­lice, the com­mu­nity guardians and Maori War­dens in mak­ing Porirua a safer, healthy city,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘ It’s a role.’’

re­ally sat­is­fy­ing

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