Tu­rangi needs pa­trollers

Taupo Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - STEPH RANGI

Tu­rangi’s com­mu­nity patrol is look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help make the town safer.

The Tu­rangi Com­mu­nity Patrol New Zealand (CPNZ) has been go­ing for more than 20 years and was cre­ated as a way to put some­thing back into the com­mu­nity, in part­ner­ship with the NZ Po­lice.

And so the Night Owl Group – now CPNZ – was formed.

The patrol group is made up of vol­un­teers ea­ger to make Tu­rangi safer. They act as the eyes and ears for lo­cal po­lice.

But their num­bers are low.

‘‘There’s not enough. We need a few more to help do the pa­trols,’’ Tu­rangi Po­lice Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble, Dave Wells, said.

Pair­ing up, they patrol the com­mu­nity, not­ing any­thing sus­pi­cious but lately they have been a bit stretched do­ing their pa­trols due to lack of num­bers.

Pa­trols in­clude mon­i­tor­ing ‘hot spot’ ar­eas, driv­ing around the com­mu­nity in the CPNZ car, and let­ting po­lice know when things are hap­pen­ing that shouldn’t be.

The pa­trols hap­pen dur­ing the day and at night. Wells said they re­ally need more peo­ple to do the day time pa­trols in par­tic­u­lar.

He said join­ing the Tu­rangi CPNZ had many ben­e­fits.

‘‘It’s a wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tion to be­long to,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a way to give back to the com­mu­nity.’’

He also said it was great for young peo­ple who were think­ing about join­ing the po­lice force.

‘‘It's a wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tion to be­long to. It's a way to give back to the com­mu­nity.’’ Dave Wells.

FAIRFAX NZ

There are 137 com­mu­nity pa­trols across the coun­try.

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