Stratford patrol’s new crime deterrent
‘‘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