Brighter than ever and ready to help

Three Rivers Community Patrol are getting new signs and hi-vis hats and vests.

Three Rivers Community Patrol are getting new signs and hi-vis hats and vests.

THERE TO PREVENT: Community patrols have stepped up their watch around Gisborne. Three Rivers Community Patrol members Bromlyn Gibson, left, and Phillip Paniani are part of the volunteer group that act as the eyes and ears of Gisborne Police around the city’s streets. Picture by Paul Rickard

THEY often get asked who they are and what they do. Bromlyn Gibson and Phillip Paniani certainly stand out.

As members of Three Rivers Community Patrol, they volunteer their time to walk the city’s streets as the eyes and ears of Gisborne police.

To increase awareness of where patrols are being carried out, signs are going up and new hi-vis hats and vests have been added to the uniform.

A Three Rivers Community Patrol car is used at night. They also have direct radio contact with the police should they be needed.

Mr Paniani is in his third year in the role and says they are passionate about creating a safer environment for the community’s tamariki.

People can also approach them if they need help.

A volunteer organisation

Three Rivers Community Patrol is a volunteer organisation with about 20 members. They do not get paid and receive very little financial assistance as an organisation.

But this does not stop the volunteers getting out and about every day to make sure they are a highly visible presence on Gisborne’s streets.

People who have family members out on the street have stopped and told them how grateful they are that someone is watching over them, said member Bromlyn Gibson.

“We are not out to call police on people but to help deter people before the next step happens.”

Anyone who wishes to volunteer time towards keeping Gisborne safe is asked to contact the Gisborne Volunteer Centre on 868 4522 or pop in and see them at 74 Grey Street.

Training is given on the job by training officer and member Brian Cochrane. Anyone over 18 can apply.

THEY often get asked who they are and what they do. Bromlyn Gibson and Phillip Paniani certainly stand out.

As members of Three Rivers Community Patrol, they volunteer their time to walk the city’s streets as the eyes and ears of Gisborne police.

To increase awareness of where patrols are being carried out, signs are going up and new hi-vis hats and vests have been added to the uniform.

A Three Rivers Community Patrol car is used at night. They also have direct radio contact with the police should they be needed.

Mr Paniani is in his third year in the role and says they are passionate about creating a safer environment for the community’s tamariki.

People can also approach them if they need help.

A volunteer organisation

Three Rivers Community Patrol is a volunteer organisation with about 20 members. They do not get paid and receive very little financial assistance as an organisation.

But this does not stop the volunteers getting out and about every day to make sure they are a highly visible presence on Gisborne’s streets.

People who have family members out on the street have stopped and told them how grateful they are that someone is watching over them, said member Bromlyn Gibson.

“We are not out to call police on people but to help deter people before the next step happens.”

Anyone who wishes to volunteer time towards keeping Gisborne safe is asked to contact the Gisborne Volunteer Centre on 868 4522 or pop in and see them at 74 Grey Street.

Training is given on the job by training officer and member Brian Cochrane. Anyone over 18 can apply.

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