Community patrol group ‘eyes and ears’ for police

Dunedin North Community Patrol Charitable Trust members (from left) vice chairman Balazs Kiglics,...
Dunedin North Community Patrol Charitable Trust members (from left) vice chairman Balazs Kiglics, trustee Marie Sutherland and car manager Vince Jones take a ride in the trust's new car. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON
A community patrol group has a new way to monitor the streets.

The Dunedin North Community Patrol Charitable Trust recently got a new car to help with its weekly patrols.

Patrol volunteers acted as "eyes and ears" for the police, trustee Marie Sutherland said.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the local constable would give them tasks, most of which involved making sure premises in the area were "locked and secure".

This included making sure there was no "hanky panky" in school grounds, she said.

"We’ve had a number of young people that have [been in the patrol] and then they’ve joined the police."

The trust’s car manager Vince Jones said they often patrolled "studentville".

Ms Sutherland said if she spotted someone doing something they should not be, she would approach them respectfully and give them a "motherly or grandmotherly chat".

She believed just cruising around the streets in the car, with its yellow and blue stripes — similar to that of the police — was enough to deter people from acting out.

At a meeting in February, the trust decided to replace its car rather than spend money to fix it.

It received support from the Alexander McMillan Trust, Bendigo Valley Sport and Charity Foundation and Gilmour Motors.

Southern Trust contributed to get the necessary radio, lights and signage installed.

Ms Sutherland said the trust was grateful for all the support it received.

 

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