Walk the beat without using your feet
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.’’