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Patrol Member - North Dunedin

CPNZ’s vision is for everyone in New Zealand to feel safe, and their volunteers work closely as extra “eyes and ears” with the Police. Patrollers assist Police, and other agencies, by providing intelligence through observation and reporting, to build safer communities. Although Community Patrols are independent from the Police they do receive regular Police guidance, training and tasking.

As a Community Patroller you will be:

  • Logging in and out at the beginning and end of each shift
  • Operating in pairs alongside another patroller in the community patrol car
  • Checking on the status of community members who may be in distress
  • Acting as the extra “eyes and ears” of the Police to build a safer community
  • Patrolling when/where it best supports local Police and the community
  • Observing and reporting incidences and provide assistance
  • Calling Police Comms when you see a problem or attend an accident
  • Using an in-car Police CB radio and portable handheld radio (to report events)
  • Patrolling local schools as well as all North Dunedin
  • Using the equipment in the patrol car where necessary
    (first aid, accident scene signs and hazard equipment)
  • Liaising with Police and debrief at the end of the night re what you have observed/reported

Training/Skills Gained:

  • First complete local CPNZ training (straight forward)
  • All Patrol members must pass initial 2hr online training modules (you can resit the test)
  • You'll have the opportunity to attend national Training Seminars if you'd like
  • Involves problem solving and the chance to learn from experienced members of the team

Benefits of the Role to Volunteers:

  • Fantastic opportunity to gain new skills, and for those considering Police recruitment options
  • You will be provided with a long sleeve, and short sleeve, high vis jacket when out on patrol
  • Community Patrol is a great way to support your local community & keep NZ safe


  • Keen observation skills and the ability to take notes
    (Area covers the hills up to Corstorphine and all the way out to Port Chalmers)
  • The desire to build a safer community
  • A team-player with effective interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with other volunteers on a scheduled roster
  • Wear comfortable, warm dress (high-visibility jacket provided)
  • Clean drivers’ licence and good health
  • Must be a competent driver
  • Police vetting check required
  • There is no first aid cert required nor any requirement to perform first aid
    (Volunteers can be offered an opportunity to complete first aid course at CPNZ cost)
  • Two personal and professional referees required

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • Initial training involves 2 hours of online training modules that must be completed
    (volunteers can resit these tests)
  • Patrols take place on Friday and Saturday nights (a monthly roster)
  • Patrollers would usually be expected to complete one patrol every 2-3 weeks approx.
  • Patrols usually start at 9pm in the evening and finish around around 1-2am
  • Once qualified a patroller can stay on in that role for as long as they want (no minimum commitment required)

Anyone even slightly interested in becoming a patroller is invited to attend a patrol night in the backseat of the car

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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