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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.

Lawrence Gullery

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