Community patrols

Members of the Dargaville Community Development Board met with representatives Robert Patterson from Community Patrols of New Zealand, Phil Kahotea from NZ Police and Haki Wihongi from Maori Wardens, to discuss implementing a community patrol programme

The Dargaville Community Development Board is inviting interested people to contact them to assist in the set-up of regular community patrols in the town.

The community patrols are made up of everyday residents who want to give something back to their community, either as committee members or as volunteers acting as eyes and ears for the police.

They will undertake surveillance, watch out for stolen cars and report signs of suspicious activity in the neighbourhood, thereby reducing the incidence and effects of criminal activity.

“Every patroller is fully trained, with the emphasis on personal safety, and they work together in small teams under the guidance of the police,” said Community Patrols of New Zealand representative, Robert Patterson.

“In Northland, we currently have six community patrol groups. These valued teams support the efforts of the police by observing and reporting to reduce crime in their own back yard, often getting the satisfaction of being able to see the direct benefit of their efforts.”

Further information is available at, and interested people can email coordinator Sue Curtis at


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