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Patrol Member - Dunedin South

CPNZ’s vision is for everyone in New Zealand to feel safe, and their volunteers work closely as extra “eyes and ears” for 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
  • Visiting most of the Education facilities to ensure they are safe and secure
  • Checking on Elderly living accommodations around the South Dunedin, Green Island & Abbotsford area
  • Observing what is happening in areas where a number of people congregate late at night
  • The Eyes and Ears for the police
  • Operating alongside another patroller in the Community Patrol car
  • Observing and reporting incidences and provide assistance
    *Keeping yourself safe by remaining in the Vehicle at all times
  • Calling Police Comms when you see a problem

Training/Skills Gained:

  • First complete all CPNZ training and a simple online assessment. (A Patroller reported: 'when I did the assessment I did it in front of the TV!!! You can-not fail! (volunteers can resit these tests if needed)
  • Everyone who offers to work as a volunteer for the patrol receives training by other experienced patrollers
  • This training involves going out with other patrollers over at least four nights doing observations
  • You will learn to do Radio reports (on the police frequency) having a direct line of contact back to the local station

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 Polo Shirt, Dress Jersey plus a High-Glow vest and Jacket while on Patrol
  • Community Patrol is a great way to support your local community & keep NZ safe


  • The desire to build a safer community
  • Keen observation skills and the ability to take notes
  • A team-player with effective interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with other volunteers on a scheduled roster
  • Wear Patrol clothing including Hi-Vis Jacket and vest (which are provided)
  • Clean drivers’ license and good health and must be a competent driver
  • 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
  • Patrols take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (a monthly roster) 4-5 hours
  • Patrollers would usually be expected to complete one patrol every 3-4 weeks approx. depending on volunteers
  • Patrols usually start 8pm or 9pm in the evening (depending on daylight saving) and finish at 12am or 1am
  • Once qualified a patroller can continue in that role for as long as they want (no minimum commitment required)
  • Anyone interested in becoming a patroller is invited to attend a patrol night with another Experienced patroller.

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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