A decade of pa­trolling CHB streets for group

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It’s now 10 years since the Waipuku­rau Com­mu­nity Pa­trol took to dark­ened streets, and the pa­trol’s vol­un­teers have been act­ing as ex­tra sets of eyes and ears for CHB’s po­lice force ever since.

In that time the pa­trol has clocked up 4500 vol­un­teer hours and 26,000km, mostly dur­ing week­ends but also for com­mu­nity events such as the CHB A&P Show, The Fes­ti­val and the CHB Sports Awards where, while hun­dreds of peo­ple were in­side the AW Par­sons Sta­dium win­ing and din­ing, pa­trol mem­bers were out in the carpark keep­ing an eye on ve­hi­cles.

The pa­trol also cov­ers Waipawa and is fully af­fil­i­ated to Com­mu­nity Pa­trols of New Zealand (CPNZ).

Along the way it has gained spon­sors:

Ruahine Mo­tors which pro­vides the pa­trol with a car, car main­te­nance, war­rants of fit­ness and ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion, Aon In­sur­ance which pro­vides full in­sur­ance cover for the pa­trol ve­hi­cle and Jew­ellery House and Cars CHB which helps with fuel costs.

Four of the pa­trollers have clocked up 10 years’ ser­vice and most of the rest have served for more than six years, so to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the Waipuku­rau Com­mu­nity Pa­trol, cer­tifi­cates and badges recog­nis­ing their length of ser­vice were awarded at a meet­ing at­tended by CHB Mayor Alex Walker and CHB Po­lice OC Mel Humphries.

Mayor Walker thanked pa­trol mem­bers for what they do in the com­mu­ni­ties.

“As a busi­ness-owner my­self I have been grate­ful for the oc­ca­sional phone call to let me know a win­dow was open. The com­mu­nity pa­trol is a friendly, per­sonal and pow­er­ful ser­vice to the CHB com­mu­nity.”

The pa­trollers are Po­lice vet­ted and un­der­take train­ing mod­ules ad­min­is­tered by CPNZ, to en­sure they are fit for the du­ties and sit­u­a­tions that may arise.

Their role is to be an ex­ten­sion of the Po­lice’s eyes and ears in the com­mu­nity, con­tribut­ing to crime pre­ven­tion, and alert­ing Po­lice when they en­counter sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles or ac­tiv­ity.

Over the last 10 years this has in­cluded alert­ing key hold­ers and po­lice to un­se­cured premises in­clud­ing school checks and iden­ti­fy­ing prop­erty dam­age, alert­ing po­lice to driv­ers un­der the in­flu­ence, tag­gers, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, search­ing for miss­ing peo­ple, con­duct­ing static pa­trols in ar­eas af­ter bur­glar­ies, re­spond­ing to alarm ac­ti­va­tions, sup­port­ing com­mu­nity events and check­ing busi­nesses, yards and equip­ment.

The pa­trol is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers to in­crease its pres­ence in the com­mu­nity. Due to a re­cent change in mem­ber­ship re­quire­ments it can now re­cruit Year 12 and 13 stu­dents who may be con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer with Po­lice.

“It seems like it’s been a short 10 years,” said long-time pa­trol mem­ber Lloyd Lawrence. “There’s been a lot go­ing on and time has flown. Our vol­un­teers have been out at all hours of the night in all sorts of weather but it’s been a great 10 years and I have thor­oughly en­joyed them.”

Long-ser­vice and merit cer­tifi­cate re­cip­i­ents:

■ Ber­nadette Bent­ley

■ Lynn Cross

■ Anton Ell

■ Nigel Hall

■ Colleen Hu­lena

■ Cliff Jamieson (ab­sent)

■ Lloyd Lawrence

■ Maria Lin­coln (ab­sent) Bruce Parker

Bruce Poole Chris­tine Re­nata

Ray Rus­sell

Julie Sul­li­van

Waipuku­rau Com­mu­nity Pa­trol mem­bers with CHB Mayor Alex Walker and Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble Se­nior Con­sta­ble Glyn Sharp.

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