Some of you may know that one of the many “hats” I wear within the police is the role of Police Liaison Officer to the Community Patrol.
The Community patrol is an affiliate of Community Patrols New Zealand. The National office works very closely with Police and in fact is based at Police National Headquarters (PNHQ)
More than 4000 patrollers serve 150 patrols and I would like you to become one of them. Our patrol is looking for new members to join and give some time to help make our community safer by being an extra set of eyes and ears.
• You will gain training and new skills in a rewarding volunteer role.
• Learn to identify suspicious behaviour and report incidents to Police.
• Work with a team of like-minded citizens from your community and meet new people.
• Meet and know your local Police
CommSafe manages Community Patrol and the monitoring of CCTV across some of Waipa. Volunteers are asked to give four hours of time once a month to help protect the community by being on duty. You can volunteer for day or evening duty or both.
As a mostly volunteer-led organisation, we know first-hand the value and impact a single volunteer can make in our community. Imagine then how much can be achieved when several volunteers take an active role in crime prevention.
For more information about CommSafe go to www.commsafe.co.nz
If you would like to know more about crime prevention volunteer roles email firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrollers work closely with partner agencies such as Neighbourhood Support, Police and the National Emergency Management Agency.
If you are considering a career in the New Zealand Police I urge you to get in contact as well. Being a patroller gives a unique insight into the workings of Police and upon graduation provides an innate understanding about partner agencies and the impact these partnerships have on a community.
I can attest to the fact that you get more out of your community when you put some time into it.