Community, Crime

Patrol recruits ready to hit the streets

The Blenheim Community Patrol group. Photo: Supplied.

Picton will soon see community patrollers walking the beat as a bid to help police officers pays off.

Six new recruits have volunteered with the Blenheim Community Patrol to help keep Picton safe as the summer seasons gets underway.

And with a new car on its way, the newbies should be out on patrol before Christmas.

Patrol coordinator and volunteer Moira Conroy says the team currently make regular rounds in Picton every couple of weeks on a Friday night.

The boost in numbers means the coastal town will soon have its own dedicated team, she says.

“Four people are currently going through the process and another two will begin soon.

“We could always do with more though, especially as volunteers will be doing walking patrols to cover cruise ship season.”

An extra patrol car is set to arrive from the Palmerston North branch of Community Patrol New Zealand.

“It’s great as it’s already kitted out,” Moira says.

Since it began in 2017, the patrol has been proactive in the community and all volunteers

Earlier this year volunteers spent a morning visiting the Southern Police Communications Centre where all 111 calls are taken.

“We were shown through the call centre where all the 111 emergency calls are received by extremely competent call takers and then dispatched to the relevant local police units.

“It was fair to say that we were very impressed and inspired with what we were shown and are in awe of the ability and professionalism displayed by the comms call centre staff,” Moira says.

The community patrol group will be holding a crime prevention event at Bunnings on 16 November.

Blenheim Community Patrol are running the fundraiser refitting number plates with special “anti-theft screws” for just $5 a vehicle.

Members of the community anti-crime group will be in the carpark from 10am until 2pm fitting number plates with anti-theft screws for a gold coin donation.

Police will also be there to engrave work tools.

For further information about becoming a volunteer with Blenheim Community Patrol visit email: [email protected]

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