Crime patrol gets recognition - Manukau Courier, 23 August 2012

CPNZ Shield presented to Howard Broad


Robert Fowler Chairman of Community Patrols New Zealand, Presented a CPNZ Shield to Howard Broad on the occasion of his retirement as Police Commissioner. May 2011


Howick Times


GARRY Boles is a new type of policeman for a modern era police force.Botany’s community constable has been named Howick Police Employee of the Year 2010-11 for his non-stop efforts in the community.If his recent activity is anything to go by, the 15-year veteran of the force could be in line to scoop the prestigious Rotary Club of Howick award again next year.

Mr Boles outlined to club members at the presentation ceremony some of the things he was involved with last year.Among the initiatives is the successful Project 148. It entails police working with schools and encouraging parents to have their children use booster seats until they are at least 148cm tall.

His work in that area is a part of the job he’s most fond of.“Some of the better successes I’ve had are from working with schools,” Mr Boles told the Times.“Having a good relationship with them allows me to walk in and put my finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the community. That way I get information before it would normally come to the police.”

An example of the work was the Meet the Community Day, which was held earlier this year at Botany Town Centre. It brought together organisations and individuals to see how they can help each other. “The day took a lot of time and effort to put on,” says the 48-year-old. “We had 60 agencies there that offer services. “Negotiating with all of them, saying ‘this is what we are doing and do you want to participate’, took 15 to 20 emails for each of them.“It was always in the background that it could fail, but it was the highlight of the year in the community.”

Mr Boles also regularly attends meetings held by Probus clubs, ratepayers’ associations and neighbourhood support groups.When he’s not visiting schools or organising events, the father-of-three fulfils his duty as a member of the police bomb squad, as well as its specialist search group.He was part of the team that located the remains of missing Auckland mum Carmen Thomas in the Waitakere Ranges last October.

The job can be hard at times – and frustrating – but there’s nothing else Mr Boles would rather be doing. “Every job has its bad days,” he says. “Sometimes when you’re having a bad day, you’ve got to remember the good things you’ve done. That outweighs the bad.“It gives me great satisfaction when I have an impact on someone’s life.“It may be saving their life or helping them get on with their neighbour.”

Inspector Jim Searle, police area commander for Counties Manukau East, nominated Mr Boles for the award. “There were a number of community initiatives Garry was involved in, and the work he’s done was outside his core role and work hours,” says Mr Searle. “We are always trying to provide a high level of service to the community, as well as focus on crime prevention. Our community-focused staff members do a great job with respect to that.”Ted Aislabie, president of Howick Rotary, says the key aspects of Mr Boles’ work that stood out included his roles with Bucklands and Eastern Beach neighbourhood watch groups and Civil Defence.




Wellington Police District staff honoured at Safety in the City Awards - New Zealand Police, 6 Sep 2011


31 Dec 2010

A Katikati man recognised in the New Year Honours says his motivation has always been seeing a job well done.

Neil Sole today becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.


October 2010

Taupo-Community-Patrol-480x320.jpgTaupo Community Patrol has won the Supreme Award at the TrustPower Taupo District Community Awards.

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 27 September at a function at Great Lake Centre, Taupo.




For winning the Supreme Award, Taupo Community Patrol received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Taupo Community Patrol now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2010 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Western Bay and Tauranga districts in March 2011. The Patrol will also be filmed by a TVNZ6 crew to feature in a new series called ‘Volunteer Power’.

Taupo Community Patrol also received a $500 radio advertising voucher from local Community Award supporter Classic Hits 96.8 Lakeland FM. This is exclusive to the Taupo District for 2010 and will allow the Supreme Winner to profile its group to the community.

They also won a six month subscription to Fundraising in New Zealand magazine.

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Suzi Luff says Taupo Community Patrol has consistently worked hard to help reduce crime and provide a safer community for residents, visitors and local businesses in Taupo for over ten years.

“Forty-eight volunteers spend 65 hours every week patrolling the streets of Taupo as the ‘eyes and ears’ for the Police. They target high risk areas, identifying and reporting any suspicious behaviour to the Police.

Adding to this and due to the great relationship that this group has solidified with local Police, Patrol volunteers have now been entrusted to help supervise Taupo’s CCTV cameras on the busy nights of the week.

This group gives their own time to patrol Taupo day and night. So even while Taupo sleeps, you can be assured that this group of vigilant and alert volunteers will be keeping a watchful eye over Taupo,” says Miss Luff.

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Taupo District Community Awards was tough with 59 nominations received for the Awards.


September 2010

Margaret-Drummond-Neil-Michael2.jpgCPNZ honoured three of its founding members with the CPNZ Gold Crest Award in Hamilton on Saturday (25 September 2010).

The awards were presented to retired first chairman, trustee and national council member Neil Sole of Katikati, to retired trustee and council member Michael Gill of Raglan, and to Margaret Drummond on behalf of her late husband, council member Laurie Drummond.

Neil and Michael were involved in the early establishment of CPNZ, helping to build the structure that is being built on today. Laurie was active in sponsorship and promotion.

In presenting the awards, CPNZ Chairman Robert Fowler emphasised how difficult the award is to achieve. "These men," said Robert, "have set a very high benchmark for the future."

The event was attended by family and fellow patrollers from Katikati Community Patrol, Raglan Community Patrol, and Hamilton Kiwiwatch and other members of Police and CPNZ National Council.


2010-Trustpower-Award-small.jpgThe Mosgiel - Taieri Community Patrol has been named Runner Up in the Health and Wellbeing section of the TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards.

Chairperson Allister Green accepted the Award on behalf of the patrol.

"Achieving the award," says Allister, "is thanks to the many hours of volunteer work that community patrollers have all put in, in an effort to build a safer community for us all to live and work in."

The Mosgiel - Taieri Community Patrol was nominated along with fifty nine other voluntary and not-for-profit community organisations from around the Dunedin Area.

The award is recognition of just how far the patrol has come in the past year, and what the patrol means to the community. The patrol is just over a year old and has 50 members.

The award will be proudly displayed at the Mosgiel Police Station.

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A special Presentation to Papakura Community Patroller Don Hadfield (centre photo)

Presented by The Hon Minister Police Judith Collins and Chairman Community Patrols New Zealand Robert Fowler


westport-town-watch.jpgFrom left: Cr David Barnes, Town Watch president Challis Maugham and AreaJune 8, 2010

Commander Inspector John Canning. (Photo and story Chloe Vaughan, Westport News)

The Coast's top cop has given Westport's Town Watch group a commendation for helping the police keep the community safe.

Inspector John Canning praised the group's efforts when he presented the award last Friday at the police station. "They are our eyes and ears. They have been going 15 years, are unpaid, and work at night," he said. In particular, the commendation acknowledged Town Watch's assistance in an incident on May 9 when Westport man Jason Ian Fox fired a single shot, from a paintball gun, at a car.

The two Town Watch members on duty observed the situation, obtained the registration number and identified some of the passengers in the car. The community patrol located the Fox's vehicle and provided updates to police until he was arrested.

"You can't let exceptional behaviour go without a mention," Mr Canning said.

Group president Challis Maugham said it was great for the Town Watch group to be recognised for its work. The group had developed a close relationship with the Police over a number of years, Mr Maugham said.

Buller District councillor David Barnes said the community appreciated the time the group dedicated to patrols. "Volunteers are a vital part of the community," he said.

The Town Watch group is part of Community Patrols of New Zealand, a national organisation of 120 community patrols. Teams of two patrol the streets in the Town Watch car. Shifts start at around 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and finish about 2am.


19 May 2010

image20100519.jpgPorirua Mayor Jenny Brash welcomed Porirua Community Guardians to a meeting of the Porirua City Council on Wednesday 12 May. The Porirua Community Guardians were at the Council meeting to see Police Area Commander John Spence present Porirua Community Guardian Unutoa (Pepe) McBride with a Police Certificate of Appreciation. The certificate recognised Pepe's courageous and selfless actions in the Porirua City Centre on 15 April 2010 when she went to the aid of a victim of a vicious and unprovoked assault. Both the victim and the offender were large males. By standing in between the two, Pepe managed to diffuse the situation and assist the victim to get to a place of safety. Once Pepe ensured the victim was safe, she called Police. The offender was subsequently arrested.

Both Mayor Jenny Brash and Commander Spence were full of praise for Pepe and the presentation was well received by Porirua City Councilors.

Dave Bray, Porirua Community Guardians coordinator, said the Porirua Community Guardians were very proud of Pepe and while they try hard to avoid getting into confrontational situations, sometimes an event unfolds where they need to intervene.


Tribute has been paid to Rodney police and those who support them by some of New Zealand's top cops.

Bravery, commitment, years of service and more were recognised at the annual Rodney police pay parade and awards ceremony in Whangaparaoa on Friday. Pay parades are based on a tradition where police used to march in full uniform from their barracks to the local magistrate's office for inspection and to receive their fortnightly pay. The idea has been revived as a day of commemoration. p>

About 60 police, civilian supporters and the New Zealand Police Auckland Pipe Band marched from Whangaparaoa station to the Whangaparaoa Plaza. There they were inspected by police commissioner Howard Broad, assistant commissioner Steve Shortland, Waitemata commander superintendent Bill Searle and Rodney commander inspector Janet Hope.

Hibiscus Coast community patrollers Anthony Lewis and Bryan Fitzpatrick received District Commander's Commendation for their actions in helping police during an illegal street racing incident in Whangaparaoa in August. Their actions demonstrated commitment beyond the expectations of community patrol volunteers in a situation of notable personal risk, their citation says.

Kumeu constable Martyn Spear and detective Nicholas Poland, of Orewa, received the Commissioner's Commendation for bravery and commitment in Timor Leste in 2008.

Mr Poland investigated the attempted assassination of Timor Leste's president and prime minister and contributed to 20 arrests. Mr Spear's award was for showing courage during a volatile incident where one of two drunk Timorese police officers threatened to kill two local police. The drunk officer thrust his bayonet at one man and Mr Spear separated them and convinced one to hand over his pistol. Two New Zealand colleagues helped Mr Spear restrain and disarm the other man.

Sergeant Jamie Bissett of the Orewa police was acknowledged for his work in the prosecution of Abbinesh Sharma after a 2007 homicide involving 16-month-old Sachin Dhani.

Civilians to rate special mention included Rodney District Council road safety co-ordinator Jacki Dawson, John Boocock and Dennis Richards.

Ms Dawson's certificate of appreciation was for outstanding service to traffic safety education and support of police education staff. Mr Boocock's award was for exceptional and long-standing support of youth at risk on the Hibiscus Coast. Ad Feedback

Mr Richards of Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa Resort earned recognition for enthusiastic and long-running support for police community activities and programmes in Rodney.

Police leaders thanked and acknowledged police, emergency services and community members for their work and dedication, and also recognised the support of their families and partners.

"What we are presenting is only the tip of the iceberg of actions you do every day," Waitemata commander Bill Searle told the gathering.

Rodney MP Lockwood Smith and mayor Penny Webster added their thanks and commended those attending for a job well done.

Commissioner Howard Broad spoke of the concerns families must have for the safety of members working at the crime coal face, but said Rodney was a "nice part of New Zealand" and "quite a safe place" because of the police and community work in the district.



CAC90082.jpgLeft is the photo capturing the presentation event, for Police Officer William Taua.

Presented by His Worship The Mayor of Hamilton Mr. R Simcock.


The event was attended by Chairman Robert Fowler and National Council Executive Officer Laurie Drummond for Community Patrols of New Zealand.

Photo from left Sergeant Paul Francis, Chairman Robert Fowler Police Officer William Taua, Executive Officer Laurie Drummond, and Inspector Marcus Lynam

Robert FowlerChairman Community PatrolsNew ZealandCPNZ


It’s our pleasure to announce that the CPNZ DVD, Building Safer Communities, was awarded 2nd place (not for profit category) in the 30th Annual Telly Awards in Los Angeles.

The Telly Awards attracts over 14 000 international entries every year and is a highly respected and competitive festival. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies, and corporate video departments in the world.


Hokitika Community Patrol presented with the Organisation of the Year
Award 2009 by Westland District Council. Holding the certificate is Community Constable Mark Watson, the Police liaison officer for the patrol.
The Hokitika Community Patrol was presented with the Organisation of the Year Award for 2009 by the Westland District Council Thursday morning 16 April 2009. Her Worship the Mayor Maureen Pugh presented the award to the Chair of the local committee Frances Stapleton in recognition of the achievement. Only some members of the patrol were able to be present although the Hokitika Patrol now has 19 members. The Mayor commended the patrol for the work it had done since its inception in December 2007 and congratulated the patrol for their committment to making the patrol a reality.

Derek Blight
Community Services Officer


30 September 2008

When we think of heroes, images of caped crusaders leaping tall buildings spring to mind. Here in Wellington, heroes come in many different guises and heroic deeds can range from the spectacular to the everyday.

73081_0058.jpgInsp Kevin RIORDAN - Acting Area Commander Wellington City,
Sharla ARNOLD - Coordinator of the Tawa Community Patrol,
Steve HART - Coordinator of the Wellington North Community Patrol,
Dave MERRALL - Coordinator of the Karori Community Patrol,
Kerry PRENDERGAST - Mayor of Wellington


The fourth annual Wellington City Council Safety in the City Awards, tomorrow Wednesday 1 October, will honour an array of local heroes whose actions have helped keep Wellington and Wellingtonians safe.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast will present ten awards to individuals and organisations for their bravery, dedication and outstanding community spirit in safety issues.

"Safety is an important community issue and we all have a role to play in keeping ourselves safe. These people have gone that extra mile to keep others safe, and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves," Mayor Prendergast says.

Recipients range from a teenage lifesaver whose brave efforts to save a triathlon swimmer were highly praised by the Wellington coroner, to an MP who used his fist to stop an injured motorcyclist's leg bleeding, to people who saved their families from burning homes.

Mayor Prendergast says it's important to recognise acts of bravery, but it's equally important to give credit to those who work tirelessly on safety projects on a smaller scale to keep Wellington safe. "These people often get little recognition for their work, so it's fantastic to honour them alongside the spectacular stories."

'Everyday hero' recipients include a woman who works to eradicate graffiti and vandalism on part of the Town Belt and three community patrols consisting of volunteers who walk the streets of their local area to ensure residents are safe.


4 September 2008

Volunteers were also recognised when Nelson Police held a pay parade in August to present long-service and good-conduct medals to police staff.

Three members of Nelson’s Night Watch volunteers were presented with a District Commander’s Commendation - Laurie Christian, Eric Stewart and Betty Van Rooyen.

Mr Christian and Stewart were both involved in helping to set up the patrol 14 years ago and are still active patrollers.

Mrs Van Rooyen is the patrol coordinator and joined the patrol shortly after moving to New Zealand in 2002 from South Africa.


21 July 2008

Ashburton Town Watch achieved 2nd placing at the TrustPower Volunteer Awards held in Ashburton on 9th June 2008.

The community patrol was set up in 1985 by members of the local CB and 4 Wheel Drive clubs following concerns about increased violent offending and damage occurring in the community. Patrol members initially used their own vehicles but were fortunate to be offered the use of a Council car.

In 1994 a generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ashburton enabled the patrol to purchase its first patrol car and the Ashburton Trust supplied hand held radios. This car was replaced in 2002 and again in 2007. The car is garaged at the Ashburton Police station.

The patrol acts as eyes and ears for the Police from whom they get excellent support. Extra patrols are put on for special events such as the Methven Rodeo and Big Air Freestyle MotoX which is attended by more than 10,000 people.

Ashburton Town Watch travels over 10,000 kilometers a year and relies mainly on donations for the running expenses and maintenance of their patrol car. They recently ran a successful fundraiser barbeque at the two-day Ashburton Motorhome Show, the biggest mobile home show in New Zealand.

ashburton.jpgJoan Chisnall with Jill Newton and patrol President
Arthur Muir receiving the award.