Looking Back at November
Summer is finally here! This month we're looking back on what was a blazing hot November for Patrols, while also looking forward to the hot weather ahead. The festive season is officially upon us, and we're looking forward to seeing how Patrols around the country are celebrating (while following COVID safety guidelines of course).
This will also be CPNZ's last briefing until February, so we wish all our Patrollers Happy Holidays, and a safe, prosperous New Year.
Karori CP Launch New Patrol Vehicle
Karori Community Patrol held a wonderful launch event for their new patrol vehicle on the 17th of November. The showcase was made possible because of the generosity shown by several local businesses and organisations that helped sponsor the vehicle. These sponsors included Ryman Healthcare, Professional Wellington City, Mitre 10 Croften Downs, Speedy Signs, Karori Auto Services, Rotary Club of Karori, Mobil Karori, Karori Design, and St John’s Trust Op Shop.
Whilst Covid-19 safety guidelines meant everyone had to be distanced, the positivity of the evening still radiated across the event. Elbows were bumped instead of hands being shaken and although masks hid smiles the gratitude was still felt in handing over certificates. It was a great opportunity to thank the sponsors for their generous donations towards the vehicle and to come together. Amidst all that Covid has put the Patrol through it was nice to see everyone come together to see the Patrol vehicle and to be acknowledged.
Invercargill CP gets in the Christmas Spirit
One Patrol has been getting in the Christmas spirit a little early this year, with Invercargill CP throwing a pre-Christmas potluck tea with several of their Patrollers. It was the first chance the Patrol had to get together since lockdown put a halt to patrolling activities. With their bubbles finally expanded, the Patrol reconnected with one another and shared in their collective excitement about what 2022 holds for the Patrol.
Riverton Patrol Leader Margaret Baillie was in attendance and shared their plans for a brand new patrol vehicle and a goal of attracting more Patrollers to join their close-knit team.
We wish Margaret & the rest of the team down south a Merry Christmas, and we're all looking forward to seeing what how the Patrol progresses in 2022!
Invercargill Patrollers enjoying an evening together after lockdown restrictions have lifted.
North Dunedin Crime Prevention Week
Around the world, Crime Prevention Week has been an initiative designed to showcase the successful collaborative efforts that transpire when Police and community organisations work together. We're always proud to work towards our common goals with our partners at NZ Police of preventing crime and reducing harm in our communities.
To celebrate this occasion, North Dunedin CP collaborated with their local Bunnings Warehouse to help raise awareness of their Crime Prevention Week efforts. On a cold Otago morning, the Patrol put on a classic Kiwi sausage sizzle to help warm the bellies and hearts of passers-by.
Garry Cranfield, Patrol Leader for North Dunedin CP, spoke esthetically about the event, saying that despite the bleak weather, it was positive to have the community see them operate during daylight hours. Public awareness is a huge part of CPNZ's success, with those who recognise us in the community feeling because of our presence.