The ex­tra eyes and ears in your com­mu­nity

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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.

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