Volunteers are needed for patrol
The eyes and ears of the Police in Te Puke are in danger.
More volunteers are needed if Te Puke Community Hub patrollers are to continue to have a presence in town.
The patrollers are in town three days a week and do things like report incidents such as unlocked cars or children left in cars, identify hazards or behaviour that may affect public safety, provide information to the public and liaise with business owners and the public.
They also pass on to Police concerns business owners may have.
Co-ordinator Ed Pollard says they have a visible presence in the town and that is something business owners appreciate.
“We don’t confront people and we are not vigilantes, but we are the eyes and ears of the Police,” he says.
He says there are 12 volunteers at the moment with each doing one two-hour patrol a week in a pair.
But he says more are needed. “Without more, we might have to close the service.”
People need to have a desire to make Te Puke a better place, and would have to be police checked.
The Te Puke Community Hub was set up eight years ago as a joint venture with the Police and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
One of the most heartwarming incidents was the help patrollers gave a teenage girl who mistakenly got off a bus in Te Puke.
She knew no-one and her phone battery was flat.
Patrollers managed to trace a relative in Rotorua where she was able to stay and then continue her journey.
Anyone wanting to find out more or put themselves forward can contact Ed on 573 4373.
Te Puke Community Hub co-ordinator Ed Pollard.