The extra eyes and ears in your community
Knowing someone else is looking out for your safety and property is a comforting thought, and within the wider Gore – Eastern Southland area, a Community patrol adds to the support and care already provided by the Eastern Southland Police Force. For 19 years, this patrol, manned solely by volunteers, has been there to back the local police and helped to generate a safer environment for the community it covers. This Community Patrol, whose members give freely of their time and money to provide a service that adds to the safety of the people of their town, are just ordinary members of the public who have responded to a need that has been highlighted. The Gore Community Patrol comprises a group of some 50 plus members who work in conjunction with the police to provide the extra security needed. The brainchild of the Community Constable back in 1990 and 91, this group was established to be the extra eyes and ears of the police force, and has consistently maintained it’s presence in the Community. From the initial meeting that was called and which established the support group, the Community Patrol has helped to provide a safer environment. The patrol covers specific areas when on duty which are determined by what it is that the police specifically want them to cover that night, and also by the grouping that is rostered on. All and any areas are covered – some by car, some on foot. Walking around the town and in behind the buildings could be one task for a patrol, while at another time they could be driving out in the country or checking the security of school buildings. This Community Patrol is definitely an added asset to the safety and welfare of the Community, and one that Gore and Eastern Southern is fortunate to have.