In July of 2020 we launched a new vehicle for the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol to replace our 16 year old Toyota. Our new vehicle will enhance the image of the patrol. It also has many updated features including improved vision and higher safety rating and better comfort. Tristram MG came to our assistance as did many other sponsors to assist us in meeting the cost of our new vehicle. We have been completely blown away by the support of the community in the funding of the new vehicle, e.g: CPNZ, MediRay Diabetic Care, Rotary Millwater Satellite Group, “Givealittle” Page, Spinco Properties, SPS Signwriting. Also the continued support of AMI for full insurance cover and Hiway Stabilizers covering the cost of petrol for the vehicle.
Our appreciation and thanks go to all those involved.
Did you know there is a free app that you can use anywhere in NZ to report incidents such as noise complaints, abandoned cars, street lighting, parking, graffiti and more? It takes under a minute, snap a photo, your GPS marks the location and it is then sent to the correct authority to resolve.
Rands was honoured for his efforts in recruitment and training of community patrol members to assist police in Rodney over the past four years, and his guidance and assistance in the development of Warkworth and Wellsford CPNZ which began patrolling this April.
The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol has commenced a programme to prevent the theft of licence plates from vehicles. This programme is known as ‘Safer Plates’ and is accomplished by the removal of the standard steel screws which hold the number plate to the vehicle and replacing them with stainless steel screws with a special head.
Are you a community spirited individual that is willing to give up a small amount of time to make our community a safer place to live and play? If so read on…
The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol is looking for volunteers to help patrol the Waiwera to Dairy Flat region at both day and night time.
What is a community patrol?
A community patrol is a voluntary group of people giving some of their time and taking responsibility within their own community to help the Police make their community a safer environment in which to live. Any citizen who has a caring attitude to their community may offer their services.
Community patrols have links to local Councils and organisations sharing a similar interest in community safety. The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol is a charitable trust that is managed by a committee made up of it’s active patrol members. Members meet regularly for training and to discuss issues and opportunities.
The Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol is affiliated with Community Patrols of New Zealand and has the support and confidence of the Police. There is a local police liaison officer allocated to work with us.
What is patrolling all about?
Prior to going out on patrol patrollers meet with local police and are informed of any suspicious activities and trouble spots they would like the patrol to keep an eye on, as well as informing the patrol of events occurring in the area. Each member must sign a declaration of confidentiality and agree to abide by a code of conduct before working with the patrol.
Community patrollers act as ‘eyes and ears’ for police. Patrolling their community in pairs, in a well marked vehicle, patrollers note anything that could be suspicious and inform police immediately of incidents requiring urgent attention. Patrollers do not directly confront offenders as their personal safety is a top priority. With the help of it’s sponsors the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol has recently taken possession of a new patrol vehicle that is well equipped for the patrol tasks it carries out on behalf of the community.
Applicants are vetted by the Police before becoming patrol members and must complete a period of training (usually three months) where they work with senior patrollers. Patrollers usually patrol once a month and receive training in both first aid and fire fighting.
How do I join the patrol?
Contact the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol on: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Sandra on 021 02746229
Or find out more information from the NZ Community Patrol website: http://www.cpnz.org.nz
The Patrol is also interested in hearing from potential sponsors or people that may be able to help with just day or night patrols.
Julia and Margaret visited Transfield who were the previous sponsors of the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol to make a presentation on behalf of the Patrol. Here is the article in the Rodney Times. Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol Co-ordinator Margaret Stevens presents Transfield Silverdale representatives Paul Geck and Colin Dawson with a shield to say thanks for their six years of support. Transfield provided two vehicles to the Community Patrol and helped with the costs of running and maintaining the vehicles. ‘Their generosity has enabled the patrol to continue their work in the community, working closely with police to keep the area safe’.
The new Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol vehicle was launched on Tuesday 8th May at the Orewa Police Station. The vehicle which has generously been sponsored by Pak ‘n Save, Meadow Fresh, New World and Centreway Motors is the fist time the group has operated its own vehicle. Grants and fundraising by the group have also helped. For the past six years, Transfield in Silverdale has supported the group and supplied two vehicles for this important community activity/ They have also maintained the vehicles with the assistance of Patroller Kelvin Stevens. The new vehicle is now stationed at the Orewa Police Station where the 18 volunteers are based. Patrollers at the launch were Margaret Stevens, Graham and Jenni Booth and Frank Rands. Police were represented by Inspector Scott Webb and representatives from the sponsors were also present.
Just to let you all know what happened at the meeting tonight at the Community Constables Office. We have been advised that the Community Constables Office is closing so we will be moving all our equipment out next Tuesday 26th February.
The Hibiscus CPNZ will operate out of the Orewa Police Station from 1st March 2013. In addition the Community Constable will also now be based at the Orewa Police Station. There will be a few changes to our procedures and when these are finalised we will email these to you before the 1st March.
So this weekends Patrol will still operate from the Community Constable’s Office.
The Holden vehicle is at my place being cleaned ready for the training on Sat Morning so will not be available for Patrol.