Purpose

To empower communities to prevent crime and create safer environments through the utilisation of trained and equipped volunteer patrols 

Our Vision 

Safe, resilient communities 

Our Values 

  • To be professional and consistent in all our activities 

  • To serve our communities 

  • To maintain a strong and mutually supportive working partnership with Police 

  • To work cooperatively with governmental and non- governmental agencies with similar objectives to CPNZ 

  • To recognise and respect human rights, including the right to equal opportunity 

  • To respect people of all ethnicities and cultures and encourage their involvement in CPNZ 

Strategic objectives 

  • We will empower all communities to be resilient 

  • We will prevent criminal activity 

  • We will create safer communities 

  • We will train and equip volunteer patrollers 

Operational Priorities 

  • Free up Police resources 

  • Increase community awareness and resilience 

  • Identify safety issues by using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) concepts 

  • Develop relationships with local government, civil defence and emergency management agencies and schools 

Specific Strategic Priorities 

  • Review our Governing Documents to incorporate recent developments and initiatives (Governance) 

  • Increase the number of patrols and the number and diversity of our patrollers (Growth) 

  • Raise community awareness of the existence and value of community patrols (Raising Awareness) 

  • Increase patrol functionality to achieve better outcomes (Increasing patrol functionality) 

  • Create safer environments working cooperatively with other governmental and non-governmental agencies (Creating Safer Environments) 

  • Secure adequate ongoing funding to sustain high-quality operational performance (Securing Sustainable Funding) 

What is a community patrol?

A community patrol is a voluntary group of people giving some of their time and taking responsibility within their own community to help the Police make their community a safer environment in which to live. Any citizen who has a caring attitude to their community may offer their services.

Community patrols may have links to local Councils and organisations sharing a similar interest in community safety but it is important community patrols remain autonomous and are managed by a committee of their members. Members meet regularly for training and to discuss issues and opportunities.

Local patrols are encouraged to affiliate with Community Patrols of New Zealand. A condition of affiliation to Community Patrols of New Zealand is that the patrol has the support and confidence of the Police and has a police liaison officer allocated to work with it.

Community patrollers act as 'eyes and ears' for police. Patrolling their community in pairs, patrollers note anything that could be suspicious and inform police immediately of incidents requiring urgent attention. Some patrols have a very high profile in their community with a sign-written car, while others prefer to stay covert or drive their own car. Patrollers usually patrol once a month.

Applicants are vetted by the Police before becoming patrol members and must complete a period of training (usually three months) where they work with senior patrollers.

Police notify the patrol of suspicious activities and trouble spots they would like the patrol to keep an eye on, as well as informing the patrol of events occurring in the area. Each member must sign a declaration of confidentiality and agree to abide by a code of conduct before working with the patrol.