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Queenstown Community Patrol


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Community Patrols New Zealand (CPNZ) is a national organisation that was formed in 2001. It supports over 5,000 volunteers in over 150 affiliated community patrols throughout New Zealand.

Community Patrollers are volunteers working closely with Police as extra “eyes and ears” to assist Police and other agencies to build safer communities. The Queenstown Patrol (QNCP) was set up in 2017.

Working in pairs, the role of the Community Patrol volunteer is to assist the Police and other focused agencies by: 

  • Patrolling residential, business and industrial areas to deter and discover criminal activity. 
  • Reporting signs of suspicious activity. 
  • Taking notes, recording and gathering information for Police.
  • Assisting at accident and crime scenes.
  • Watching out for stolen cars.
  • Reporting Graffiti and other matters needing attention by authorities. 
  • Helping to control crowds and assist the public at community events. 

This voluntary role offers:

  • Full Police guidance, training and tasking. 
  • Recognition within the role.
  • Increased community awareness and resilience. 
  • Experience of working closely with the Police and in the community. 


The Queenstown Community Patrol are looking for volunteers who: 

  • Are professional and consistent in activities. 
  • Are able to develop working relationships and be an active member of duties.
  • Respect people of all ethnicities and cultures. 
  • Are willing to carry out a police background check and be of 'previous good character'.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

Volunteers are expected to give their time at the very least for one patrol of 4 hours per month, or as often as they like to work alongside another patroller to assist the Police around Queenstown and Arrowtown. Patrols can be undertaken during anytime of the day with another patroller, with the weekends and weekend evenings being the most common time to be the "eyes and ears for the Police".
A patroller needs to be residing in Queenstown or the surrounding areas with a minimum of a 6 month commitment. 

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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