2005 News Archive

Night Owls Celebrate Success

The Raglan Night Owls are a group of Raglan residents who act as ‘eyes and ears’ for the local police. They patrol the town’s streets in the quiet hours of the night when in the past many crimes have been committed.

The Night Owls have been celebrating a few successes and we at the Chronicle thought it was a good time to let the community know what these sterling individuals have been achieving in our town.

In July they identified a vehicle acting suspiciously that, as it turned out, had only recently been stolen and through their efforts the offenders were also identified and apprehended.

More recently they identified a vehicle whose occupants looked out of place and passed their concerns on to the police who were then able to use this information to solve a series of crimes committed in our town on the same night.

The Raglan Night Owls are helping to make Raglan a safer place to live and they need your help. The activities of the Night Owls are not confrontational or dangerous, they merely observe and report, and in the words of our local police “there is a lot less crime than there would be”. If you have a spare night or two a month and are able to be out and about during the night then contact the Raglan Police on 825-8200, and they will put you in touch with the Night Owl coordinator.

Published from and with the permission of the “Raglan Chronicle” of 30th November 2005, reported by Stephen Frew.

CPNZ continues to grow

Police News, November 2005

Report in the Police Association magazine Police News, November 2005, on speech by Neil Sole, Chairman of Community Patrols of New Zealand, to the New Zealand Police Association’s 70th Annual Conference held 14-16 October 2005. Reprinted with permission from the Police Association.

CPNZ continues to grow

Neil Sole, Chairman of Community Patrols of New Zealand, CPNZ told conference that his organisation was continuing to grow since its inception six years ago.

Police had originally opposed the idea but had gradually embraced it as the organisation had “gained their respect”.

CPNZ now had 80 patrols from Kaikohe to Invercargill, involving between 4,000 and 5,000 volunteers.

CPNZ had been able to aid Police in a range of ways such as static patrols, looking for offenders or vehicles, assisting with traffic direction until further support arrived and doing ‘drive-bys’ at the behest of Comms. These patrols were usually in rural areas.

He said Police had to ensure that “you do not put the patrols, unintentionally, in a policing role.” “We have made it clear that we do not want your jobs, so, when you are tasking patrols, make sure that you are not asking them to do something that is beyond the realms of what they have been trained for and which would put them in breach of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that we have with the Police,” Mr Sole cautioned.

He said that it would be wise for Police not to take the patrols for granted either. Feedback was valuable. “A little praise goes a long way,” he said.