Community Patrol steps up for safety

A new vehicle and more volunteers ramps up safety.

A new vehicle and more volunteers ramps up safety.

COMMUNITY FIRST: Keeping the community safer is behind a ramped up Three Rivers Community Patrol. Pictured is the group’s new car, which brings its vehicle fleet to two. There are new members as well but more volunteers are always welcome. From left are Three Rivers Community Patrol members David Gibson, Barry Seymour, chairman Fred Smith and Senior Sergeant Lincoln Sycamore. Picture by Liam Clayton

COMMUNITY safety has been ramped up around Gisborne with a new vehicle and more members for Three Rivers Community Patrol.

The volunteer group now has 30 people on their roster system. They patrol Gisborne’s CBD and side streets either by car or on foot, and act as the eyes and ears of the police. The community patrol members have identification badges and stand out in their hi-vis vests and caps.

Tairawhiti Area Commander Inspector Sam Aberahama said the updated vehicle was yet another stepping stone for the team, and in itself was a statement that the community patrol was well enabled.

“Fred Smith and Brian Cochrane are avid campaigners whom I support wholeheartedly," he said.

“Bromlyn Gibson and Phillip Paniani are extremely visible on foot in the CBD, and each community patrol member gives of their time, which is appreciated.”

Ins Aberahama said he was proud of the relationship Tairawhiti Police had with Community Patrol.

“We have a small group of volunteers that are absolutely passionate about their contribution to community safety and it has been special watching the group grow over the past year in both numbers and confidence.

“My staff respect the team and support them from intelligence sharing through to meeting up with them out in the community."

Ins Aberahama said the relationship was strong between police and Community Patrol, which enables trust and confidence in each other to develop.

“I look forward to the team growing during the summer months.”

New members

Three Rivers Community Patrol chairman Fred Smith said they had been approached by a lot of new people recently and now had 30 members. He hoped to have 50 by Christmas.

New to the groups are David Gibson and Barry Seymour, who will undertake foot patrols in the Mangapapa and Elgin areas.

Mr Smith said the new Nissan car brought many things to the organisation.

“We’ve bought a car that will last the patrol for 10-15 years and it is going to make sure we can spend longer out on the streets.”

Mr Smith said the low mileage meant maintenance costs would be lower and the modern car was more comfortable and showed Three Rivers Community Patrol was progressing.

“Thanks to everyone. We’ve had more people coming forward to join the community patrol.”

It was bought with a large anonymous donation together with a substantial donation from Hikurangi Forest Farms and some financial help from Police. The Insurance for the car is paid for by AMI Insurance.

The car will be taken for its first road trip next week, as members take part in a meeting with other Community Patrols in Wairoa.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of Three Rivers Community Patrol contact Fred or Brian at the police station.

COMMUNITY safety has been ramped up around Gisborne with a new vehicle and more members for Three Rivers Community Patrol.

The volunteer group now has 30 people on their roster system. They patrol Gisborne’s CBD and side streets either by car or on foot, and act as the eyes and ears of the police. The community patrol members have identification badges and stand out in their hi-vis vests and caps.

Tairawhiti Area Commander Inspector Sam Aberahama said the updated vehicle was yet another stepping stone for the team, and in itself was a statement that the community patrol was well enabled.

“Fred Smith and Brian Cochrane are avid campaigners whom I support wholeheartedly," he said.

“Bromlyn Gibson and Phillip Paniani are extremely visible on foot in the CBD, and each community patrol member gives of their time, which is appreciated.”

Ins Aberahama said he was proud of the relationship Tairawhiti Police had with Community Patrol.

“We have a small group of volunteers that are absolutely passionate about their contribution to community safety and it has been special watching the group grow over the past year in both numbers and confidence.

“My staff respect the team and support them from intelligence sharing through to meeting up with them out in the community."

Ins Aberahama said the relationship was strong between police and Community Patrol, which enables trust and confidence in each other to develop.

“I look forward to the team growing during the summer months.”

New members

Three Rivers Community Patrol chairman Fred Smith said they had been approached by a lot of new people recently and now had 30 members. He hoped to have 50 by Christmas.

New to the groups are David Gibson and Barry Seymour, who will undertake foot patrols in the Mangapapa and Elgin areas.

Mr Smith said the new Nissan car brought many things to the organisation.

“We’ve bought a car that will last the patrol for 10-15 years and it is going to make sure we can spend longer out on the streets.”

Mr Smith said the low mileage meant maintenance costs would be lower and the modern car was more comfortable and showed Three Rivers Community Patrol was progressing.

“Thanks to everyone. We’ve had more people coming forward to join the community patrol.”

It was bought with a large anonymous donation together with a substantial donation from Hikurangi Forest Farms and some financial help from Police. The Insurance for the car is paid for by AMI Insurance.

The car will be taken for its first road trip next week, as members take part in a meeting with other Community Patrols in Wairoa.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of Three Rivers Community Patrol contact Fred or Brian at the police station.

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