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Generous grant raises patrol team profile

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Another valuable community service has recently benefited from the generous coffers of the local fundraising Factory with a grant being used to brighten up the appearance of a group of night-owl volunteers.

Mangawhai Charitable Opportunity Shop Trust’s (MCOST) November 2020 funding round allowed Mangawhai Community Patrol (MCP) to purchase new all-weather hi-vis gear in late December 2020 for the whole team.

From a safety aspect the hi-vis is very important, MCP coordinator and team leader Wayne Price says, ensuring patrollers are highly visible if they need to step out of the patrol vehicle at night time.

”For the last three years we’ve all been sharing the same two hi-vis vests and wet hi-vis weather coats all year round, however with Covid and obvious other reasons we now can have individual gear which is a much better scenario,” he says. “Also, the uniform and new gear gives the patrollers pride while on duty and for what MCP is about, that we are very actively out there looking out for everyone's welfare.”

Officially launched in August 2017, MCP’s volunteers journey from Kaiwaka to Tomarata through Mangawhai, the Heads, and out to Te Arai, reporting any suspicious activity and notifying police immediately on crime in the process or serious incidents that need urgent attention.

Police also notify MCP of events happening in the area as well as known ‘trouble spots’ they need to keep an eye on, and while the role is essentially a non-confrontational, observational one, patrollers may also assist with traffic control in the occurrence of serious vehicle accidents.

“However if we need to speak to the public to help police, it’s usually along the lines of an education and prevention theme.”

To date, the patrollers have had a quiet holiday season, locating a stolen bike and returning it to the rightful owner and attending to a few noisy party complaints but otherwise, Price says holidaymakers ‘were not too badly behaved’.

“We aren't privy to some of the other incidents around town but the police keep us informed and ask if we can help look for a certain vehicle or person or other things they may need support with,” says Wayne Price. “We’ve also been keeping an eye on MAZ for them a lot more than usual. We are taking a ‘be seen anywhere, anytime’ approach to patrolling Mangawhai, and thanks to the Factory grant, we will all be a lot safer and visible while helping to ensure the safety of our community.”

Being seen and being safe; the commendable Mangawhai Community Patrol volunteers with local police, kitted out in their brand new hi-vis gear keeping them bright and visible while on the job. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

“The uniform and new gear gives the patrollers pride while on duty… that we are very actively out there looking out for everyone's welfare.”

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