Group af­ter more vol­un­teers for com­mu­nity pa­trols

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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.

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