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Community Patroller zeros in on high-risk vehicle.

Brent Philip working the cameras

Brent Philip is a person who really pays attention – a detail man, if you like.

As a member of our valued partner Community Patrols NZ, his concentration on Saturday night in Kaiapoi removed a high-risk SUV and its occupants from the roads, and local staff say they would not have done it without him.

As a camera operator, he regularly runs checks on regos of vehicles going in and out on a local service station. Brent’s information led him to believe one vehicle – a FORD – was stolen. He was right!

He alerted Police. The Ford was flagged as a stolen vehicle, the subject of a pursuit in Greymouth earlier.

South Comms confirmed there were risks around the vehicle and the occupants. Brent tracked the movement of the vehicle as it left a garage, while Police deployed to try and stop it. He had also run another vehicle through prior to that.

While Police were trying to locate the vehicle, Brent contacted South Comms to advise he had re-viewed the footage and believed the vehicles were travelling together. He provided a detailed description of the occupants of each vehicle.

Brent Philip and Sergeant Mel Noonan

“This information was timely and clear. As a result that vehicle was later located at an Islington Street address. Without his help Police would not have located the high-risk vehicle and its occupants.” says Sergeant Mel Noonan of Waimakariri.

“I am appreciative of his efforts on the night and this is reinforced by the comments from the Waimakariri team about his ongoing assistance.”

“He will scout through footage for us when we’re looking for something in particular around the town. We just have to leave him a note one shift and by the next one he’s found what we’re looking for and have it downloaded ready for us,” says Constable Oliva Bensley. “He goes out of his way to help us. Definitely and asset!”

Brent is clearly on the Waimakariri team, with his dedication also drawing praise from Rural Response Manager, Senior Sergeant Paul Reeves. “Brent did a fantastic job on that Saturday night in August. He was really proactive in holding offenders to account. He’s a real valued member and the New Zealand Police are lucky to have such a motivated and committed person working alongside them.”

 

Screws on to foil number plate thefts

Blenheim Community Patrollers L Moira Conroy and R Barry Farnell

Blenheim Community Patrollers L Moira Conroy and R Barry FarnellA spate of stolen number plates has prompted a community group to put the screws on perpetrators – well, almost.

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Once a Patroller, Always a Patroller

On 26th June at 21.30 I was entering Richmond township with my daughter. We were returning from her competing in Showquest. As I drove down Queen St and went to pull in to Warring Carpark at the rear of our local dairy, I saw a male swing with his fist to hit another male whom was homeless.  I had to drive around the block as I could not reverse and in doing so my daughter picked up the phone without prompt and called 111 and asked for Police. As I got back to the front of the shop I now had view of both the offender and victim, the offender was still hitting the victim on the ground.

I relayed this back to comms who in turn got police dispatched to the area, I followed the offender relaying to comms his movements and had my daughter keep an eye on the victim who got up and walked in the opposite direction.

Delta arrived and went to speak with the offender, he resisted arrest and had to be pepper sprayed. I then followed the victim who was of big build, I was asked by comms if I could approach him but I said no as I had my daughter with me, I was happy to give details of his movements until police arrived. At one stage I found a place where I could call out to him and asked if Ok and he said he was fine.

Police arrived, I pointed in his direction, they spoke briefly and police came to me and said he did not want to talk to them but he was Ok.

As I returned to the dairy I found sunglasses and a Maori carving necklace on the road, I got a glove and picked them up and gave to police at the station. The next day, I gave police time of the assault but also my footage from my dashcam of the offender throwing the first punch.

After all had settled my daughter said “Dad you were so professional talking to comms”, I said “it’s because of my time with CPNZ”. I was proud of her for calling 111, she said she is used to me talking and giving others advice to do this when incidents occur, hence why she knew what to do.

Parker’s Punch Up Fundraiser for Mangawhai Community Patrol

Mangawhai Community Patrol

An upcoming world title fight between two heavyweights will also weigh in to help a valuable community organisation knock-out nighttime trouble and crime

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Feilding Community Patrol Making it’s Mark

Feilding Community Patrol L-R Graham Hook, Shona Ellen and Aubrey Ellen

Feilding’s community patrollers have worked around the clock to prevent crime and create a safe environment for 25 years.

Known as the “extra eyes and ears” of the police, the dedicated group of volunteers celebrated the milestone on Monday

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A Night On Patrol

Masterton Community Patroller L-R Sarah Mail and Cheryl Watson

It’s 10pm on a Friday night, and I’d normally be tucked up in bed.

But not tonight.

Instead, I’m waiting outside at the back of the Masterton police station, ready to hit the road with the Masterton Community Patrol.

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Mamas on Patrol

Two of our Patrollers from Wellington Pasifika CP out on Patrol

Picking their way through the shoppers, diners, drinkers and buskers, the Mamas are a high-vis, high-profile injection of good humour and sound advice in Wellington’s bustling Cuba Quarter.

The Mamas are the more mature end of Wellington Pasifika Patrol (WPP Inc), and since last month they have been walking Cuba Street on Friday lunchtime patrols.

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National Volunteer Week 2018

Kiwiwatch Community Patrol’s Margaret Stannard

A lot of our patrollers also volunteer for other organization’s. One such person is Margaret Stannard from Kiwiwatch Community Patrol Hamilton – CPNZCongratulations on your nomination Margaret from us all at CPNZ.

The following from Volunteer Waikato.

Lets talk about a lovely lady called Margaret Stannard, who has been nominated by the Order of St John – Central Region for the Volunteer of theYear Award. What makes her special? Keep reading…

Margaret is a person who sees something that needs doing, does it, and moves on to the next thing. She is a remarkable lady who is passionate about her volunteering, and her energy lifts all of those who come into contact with her.  Congratulations Margaret!   #NVW2018

Community on Patrol

L-R in the car, Margaret Conaglen, Lorraine Henson, Arthur van Thiel and Shirley Vincent. Behind the vehicle L-R Senior Constable SPike Dickey, David Henson and Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley. Photo Louis Klaassen

Whakatane police have a secret weapon on their side when it comes to spotting potential trouble in town.

Senior Sergeant Mark van der Kley says Whakatane Community Patrol, a group of nearly 40 volunteers that patrol…

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CPNZ Patroller to Dream Job

L-R Constable Jessica Moorby, Constable Heber Gasu (Glen Eden/Piha Community Officer) and Senior Constable Barry Gallagher (Air Support Unit Officer)

Constable Heber Gasu had the opportunity recently to meet Constable Jessica Moorby during one of his group visits to Police Eagle and Deodar.

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Arie Schenk Retires from Community Patrol

RETIRING: Arie Schenk (centre) flanked by CPNZ Wanganui Chairman Patrick O’Leary (left) and Area Commander Inspector Nigel Allan. (Picture / Paul Brooks)

Arie Schenk was there at the beginning of Wanganui’s Community Patrols-and has now decided to call it a day.

To honour the man and his contribution, a farewell afternoon tea was held last Wednesday at the canteen at Police HQ in Bell Street.

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