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Extra manpower is always welcome for the Community Patrol. Over the many years it has been in existence, the role of the Patrol has been largely inconspicuous, but new numbers are always needed to swell the ranks and maintain the core service for the Gore Community it provides. ‘‘We are there to help the Community – that is what we want to do,’’ stated a member of the group. ‘‘But we will always welcome new members.’’ ‘‘There is a hard core group, which has been there since day one, and there are those who have joined and then left, but the service has always continued.’’ ‘‘Joining up is easy. People can call into the local Police Station and pick up a form or contact John on 027 636 5856. As is standard practice these days, there will be a police vetting applied, you will need to hold a ‘clean’ drivers licence, have a good reputation in the community and be over the age of 18.’’ ‘‘We liaise with the police, and when we go out on Patrol, we basically do what the Police request of us. We start off at the Police Station, and sign in, and when out on patrol we have our own hand radios through which we communicate others on patrol and the local police.’’ ‘‘We always work in pairs and sometimes that could be a husband and wife team and we use our own vehicles when on patrol. It works out that we are on about once a month, and that time is determined by the time the person or pair want to do.’’ ‘‘There is a code of conduct that the patrol members have to go by, and the public can rest assured that everyone adheres to that, stated the spokesperson. And confidentiality is ensured for the members of the Community Patrol. ‘‘With the success of Community Patrols there is now a national organisation which interacts with the government and Police Headquarters, of which we are a member. We also interact with other patrols especially from Dunedin south.’’