Group vol­un­teers give back to town

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Giv­ing some­thing back to the chang­ing. The vol­un­teer ca­pac­ity is com­mu­nity is at the heart of their de­sire shrink­ing as the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion gets to vol­un­teer, say those at the helm of the younger and busier, while the older, Omoko­roa Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Group re­tired folk­with time up their sleeves (OCPG) char­i­ta­ble trust. di­min­ish in num­ber.

Chris­tine, Bill, Pat and Tony are Group founder Glenn Whit­taker says among 180 vol­un­teers giv­ing their time West­ern Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil and life skills to the group which cov­ers has given con­stant sup­port through­out four key ar­eas— the po­lice in­for­ma­tion the 11 years the group has been cen­tre; Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port; op­er­at­ing.

Com­mu­nity Pa­trols and Graf­fiti Busters. “It all be­gan with the com­mu­nity’s

Vol­un­teers are al­ways wel­come to frus­tra­tion at the es­ca­la­tion in an­ti­join. It’s all about neigh­bours look­ing so­cial be­hav­iour. Coun­cil and the af­ter neigh­bours, be­ing the eyes and ears com­mu­nity board saw re­duc­tion in for your com­mu­nity and mak­ing a com­mu­nity crime an im­por­tant dif­fer­ence. con­trib­u­tor to coun­cil’s com­mu­nity

For­mer chair­man Tony Hawkins has de­vel­op­ment and safety,” says Glenn. given a few years to the OCPG and says Through the com­mu­nity board, he just likes get­ting things done and coun­cil pro­vided the start-up fund­ing in see­ing a happy, bal­anced com­mu­nity 2007, the first com­mu­nity pa­trol car and that runs smoothly. has con­tin­ued­with staff sup­port and a

Tony has handed over the reins to Pat lit­tle an­nual fund­ing. Har­ri­son, a re­tired pri­mary school Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble for Tau­ranga teacher who¯sough­tandO­somevol­un­teer­work moko­roa, Paul Wrigley, be­lieves to keep him­self busy. the proac­tive vol­un­tary work of the

Soon¯toOafter­mov­ing moko­roa, Pat group is a key rea­son that crime was fill­ing a va­cancy in the Po­lice re­port­ing has re­mained sta­ble and low In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and was then the area. shoul­der tapped for group chair­man. “The group is a one-stop shop for ¯inO“Ithas­beena­great­way­to­get­to­know­po­lice moko­roa and it­makes it the com­mu­nity— I amhappy to playmy eas­ier forme to pro­vide in­tel­li­gence and part,” says Pat. re­sources when ap­pro­pri­ate. The power

Chris­tine has also served on the group of net­work­ing is well demon­strated by for a num­ber of years and is the fa­mil­iar how the group keeps all the sig­nif­i­cant face in the Po­lice In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre. com­mu­nity groups un­der one um­brella. She en­joys help­ing out and net­work­ing “Anec­do­tally, in com­par­i­son to other with the other com­mu­nity groups. sub­urbs Imon­i­tor, in­clud­ing the av­enue

Bill— a rel­a­tive new­comer to the and sub­urbs closer to the city, moko­roa penin­sula— is trea­surer/sec­re­tary of the is def­i­nitely a very safe place to live.” trust and says there is great sat­is­fac­tion Any­one keen to join the Omoko­roa from serv­ing his com­mu­nity and help­ing Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Group iswel­come to “sit on the crims”. to get in touch­with chair­man Pat on ¯agreeOAll moko­roa’s face is pmhar­ri­son@xtra.co.nz. O¯

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