Police are seeking more community volunteers keen to help
lower crime in the wider Balclutha area.
A Balclutha community patrol was formed in 2008 to help
police reduce crime during busy weekends, and has twice
provided information to police leading to the arrests of
offenders, as well as shedding light on other minor
Balclutha community constable Tom Taylor said the patrol was
"another arrow in the quiver" of community policing.
Patrollers work in pairs and note anything that could be
suspicious, informing police immediately of incidents
requiring urgent attention. They are equipped with a police
radio, cellphone, clipboard, torches, and a large handheld
Snr Const Taylor said patrollers would now log on through the
police communications centre to ensure safety and to enable
on-duty patrollers to be contacted quickly.
Anyone interested in becoming part of the patrol should leave
their contact details at the Balclutha police station.
Applicants are vetted by police before becoming patrol
members, and training would be offered to new patrollers.
A meeting for existing and interested members will be held at
the Balclutha police station at 5.30pm next Tuesday.
The patrol is also seeking new committee members and for
someone to organise the patrolling roster.