Want to help the Com­mu­nity Pa­trol?

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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.’’

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