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Patrollers needed to help curb suburban crime

Nov 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


WORKING TOGETHER: Sergeant Helen Dickson, and Dave Merrall.

Kilbirnie police are searching for volunteers in the community to patrol the streets in the Wellington’s eastern suburbs, on the lookout for crime.

Around 40 people turned up at Evans Bay Intermediate School to hear about plans for a new community patrol.

Patrollers will work with police to provide a highly visible patrol, and for all kinds of crime observation.

They will act as the eyes and ears of the police, and help to control crime, says Wellington Community Policing Inspector Karen Smith.

“They assist us in reducing the level of crime, by providing us with information.

Dave Merrall, Karori patroller and trustee of Community Patrols of New Zealand, has been patrolling for 19 years.

“I do it because it’s (Karori) where I work, play, care about, and my family live there.”

Kilbirnie police are keen to get a patrol going in the suburb, and Sergeant Helen Dickson says it is because the community would then be able to take ownership of what is happening in their own area.

“The response from the public has been excellent, and this could be an example of the community and police working together,” she says.

The northern suburbs already has an established group, and there are plans to extend this with new patrols in Kilbirnie, Newtown, Mt Cook, and Island Bay.

Patrollers are expected to contribute four hours a month on patrol, along with providing their own transport within the group.  Police assist with equipment and petrol vouchers.

There are around 4000 trained patrollers across the country, with the Community Patrols of New Zealand being a national organisation.

Anyone who is interested should contact the Kilbirnie police station.

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