Police community patrol seeking more volunteers

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 incidents.

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 spotlight.

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.

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