Strat­ford pa­trol’s new crime de­ter­rent

South Taranaki Star - - OPEN DAY AT TAIROA LODGE - JANE MATTHEWS

‘‘It's a great as­set for the com­mu­nity. We're so rapt with how it has turned out.’’

A crime-mon­i­tor­ing, com­mu­ni­ty­watch­ing pa­trol has just added an­other crime de­ter­rent to the mix.

The Cen­tral Taranaki Safe Com­mu­nity Trust has been given a new car that com­mu­nity safety of­fi­cer Di Welch said brought a fresh el­e­ment to the pa­trol.

She said they had had a car for the past 10 years, but were in need of an up­grade. ’’This one is a bit more equipped to han­dle what we do,’’ she said.

Welch de­signed the new car’s sign writ­ing, which she ex­pected to work as a de­ter­rent when the car was driven through the streets of Strat­ford.

‘‘It’s a great as­set for the com­mu­nity. We’re so rapt with how it has turned out,’’ she said.

The car, which was funded by the TSB Com­mu­nity Trust, will be used by com­mu­nity pa­trollers who act as ‘eyes and ears’ for the po­lice. They are a gen­eral de­ter­rent for any would-be trou­ble­mak­ers. Pa­trollers note any­thing that could be sus­pi­cious and in­form po­lice im­me­di­ately of in­ci­dents re­quir­ing ur­gent at­ten­tion.

The vol­un­teers work in threes on a ros­ter cov­er­ing Fri­day and Satur­day nights. One vol­un­teer mon­i­tors the CCTV cam­eras at the Strat­ford po­lice sta­tion, the other two vol­un­teers pa­trol hot spots in the com­mu­nity pa­trol car.

The Cen­tral Taranaki Safe Com­mu­nity Trust was launched in De­cem­ber 2009 with the Strat­ford Dis­trict Coun­cil and Strat­ford Po­lice. The trust does ev­ery­thing from pa­trolling, to let­ting peo­ple know about crime in the area to keep­ing up with timely cam­paigns such as Be Safe Be Seen.

Welch said the trust was look­ing for more vol­un­teers and any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact her on 06 765 8863. Vol­un­teers have to be vet­ted by the po­lice be­fore they can be­come a pa­troller and then they must com­plete three months of of train­ing - work­ing along­side those who are al­ready trained. Any per­son who has a car­ing at­ti­tude to their com­mu­nity may of­fer their ser­vices.

Pic­tured: Com­mu­nity pa­trol vol­un­teers (left): Bren­don, Alan, Hazel, Mur­ray, Alice, and Barry. (Right) Di Welch the com­mu­nity safety of­fi­cer, Jono Er­wood of Strat­ford Po­lice, Danny Bates the chair­man of the trust, Alan Jamieson a trustee.

Vol­un­teers and safe trust mem­bers with their new­est de­ter­rent on wheels. Di Welch

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