Group after more volunteers for community patrols
Community Patrols New Zealand is looking for more Hastings volunteers.
The patrols are made up of residents who work with police in their own community, with more volunteers needed for the Cape Coast, Havelock North, Hastings and Flaxmere groups.
Volunteers act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of police.
Working in pairs, they note down anything suspicious and report serious incidents to police. Constable Greg Andrew said police could not be everywhere at once and the patrols provided valuable intelligence while keeping neighbourhoods.
Volunteers were vetted by police, signed a declaration of confidentiality, agreed to a code of conduct and completed training an eye on before starting; they usually patrol once a month, meet regularly and received training.
Community Patrols New Zealand currently operates 140 groups around the country.