Vol­un­teers are needed for pa­trol

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

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.

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