FROM THE NEWS DESK
We asked via Neighbourly whether readers wanted to see a regular column from the police. The results showed positive support for ongoing updates. People believe it is a great way to name and shame criminals while keeping residents up to date with crime trends. Rexine Hawes has a report on page 3, which shows how the community supplied information to help police make arrests recently. It is a good example of police and community working together. Another group working to make Matamata safe is the community patrol. Murray Davidson was recently named community patroller of the year, story on page 11. The patrol acts as the eyes and ears for the police but does not intervene. The patrol works on a roster and volunteers work in the evenings into the early hours of the morning. And staying with volunteers, the Matamata Citizens Advice Bureau is on a recruitment drive during March, looking for new people to help offer its services to the community, story on page 7.