Turnout good for pa­trol meet­ing

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A pub­lic meet­ing seek­ing in­ter­est in the es­tab­lish­ment of a Mata­mata com­mu­nity pa­trol was very suc­cess­ful.

The need for a pa­trol was iden­ti­fied by the Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion and a ‘‘very pos­i­tive’’ meet­ing was held on Oc­to­ber 22.

PRA chair­man Mike Buck­man said the as­so­ci­a­tion were grate­ful for the level of sup­port shown by the com­mu­nity in the idea.

PRA man­ager Sue Whit­ing said the meet­ing was ex­tremely well at­tended by both the pub­lic, the po­lice and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­nity pa­trol or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A to­tal of 30 peo­ple put their hand up to vol­un­teer for the pa­trol which she said was ‘‘a great start’’.

‘‘I do be­lieve there are more peo­ple out there who are look­ing to vol­un­teer.’’

Sue said the num­ber of vol­un­teers the group has means that they will soon be able to clar­ify ex­actly how many hours the pa­trol would ini­tially be able to un­der­take.

‘‘At this stage they’re look­ing at Fri­day and Satur­day nights from 8pm-2am.’’

This will all be con­firmed once a Mata­mata com­mu­nity pa­trol com­mit­tee has been formed.

This is the next step, along with com­plet­ing po­lice checks on those who vol­un­teered.

It is then hoped to get the pa­trol up and run­ning as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘We want to keep up the mo­men­tum and ob­vi­ously, the more vol­un­teers we have the lighter the load for ev­ery­one in­volved.

‘‘The more vol­un­teers we have the more nights we can do and pos­si­bly dur­ing the day time,’’ Sue said.

The pa­trol will also need to find a car and spon­sor­ship.

‘‘But I have great faith that we will be able to pull this to­gether quite quickly and get our­selves up and run­ning,’’ Sue said.

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