Turangi needs patrollers
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.
There are 137 community patrols across the country.