Wanaka’s Community Patrol team is on the look-out for enthusiastic individuals keen to come on board as patrollers.
The independent and voluntary team is one of 150 community patrol groups across the country and has been looking out for people on Wanaka’s streets late at night for two years.
Chairman Steve Worley said that the group, which contains a variety of members from lawyers, accountants, bankers, shop owners and retirees aged in their early 20s to mid 70s, is looking to get involved in Civil Defence, first aid training and defensive driving.
“The idea is that if something happens we’re useful to the police. We might go along to traffic accidents and that sort of thing to help and provide support,” Steve said.
Volunteers always patrol the town in pairs and a typical shift would run from 9pm to 1am once a month.
“We try to deter people from doing silly things because silly things lead to more serious things and that leads to the police getting involved. We just ask them to think about what they’re doing,” Steve said.
“We’re always looking for new people to come on board. More hands make light work.” Steve said the voluntary role is a good stepping stone for anyone thinking about joining the police and would suit anyone who is keen, alert, wants to know what is going on in their community and wants to help.
Anyone wanting to know more can contact Ian Henderson at Wanaka Police on 03 443 7272, see Steve at Kodak on the lakefront or visit cpnz.org.nz.
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Wanaka Sun | 6 - 12 Apr 2017 | Edition 812