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Motueka Community Patrol


The Motueka Community Patrol is a voluntary group working with the Motueka Police to keep Motueka safe by providing weekend mobile patrols.

Motueka Community Patrol (MECP) is affiliated to CPNZ (Community Patrols of New Zealand):
Community Patrols of New Zealand was formed in 2001 to establish and promote a collaborative working relationship with Police and provide resources, support and guidance to affiliated local community patrol groups. A memorandum of understanding was signed with Police in 2002 and renewed in 2006.


Motueka Community Patrol, working with the Motueka Police, seeks volunteers to join the roster for week-end patrols. A Police check will be required and training will be provided.

Simply by signing a confidentiality statement, you could join us for a 'ride along' and experience patrolling first hand.

For more information contact:
Byron on 528 9592 / 021 119 6344
Chris on 528 7007 / 027 241 9888

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.


The Motueka Community Patrol has defied the odds to be the lucky draw winner of a new $41,000 car when it had just begun fundraising to buy a vehicle of its own.

The group of 17 volunteers helps the Motueka police keep an eye on the streets on Friday and Saturday nights, and for the past 4 years since its founding has been using a car lent to it by the Tasman District Council.

With the new Subaru 2012 XV crossover it will mean the group can leave it set up for weekend patrol work rather than having to load and unload the TDC vehicle every week, said the group's co-ordinator Stuart Blathwayt.

Motueka Community Patrol co-ordinator Stuart Blathwayt receives the key to a new Subaru 2012 XV crossover from NBS branch manager Howie Timms. At right is constable Kyle Abbott.