Celebrating 10 years as ‘eyes and ears’ of police

Strong partnership . . . Sergeant Boyd Smart (left) and Mosgiel-Taieri Community Patrol chairman Tony Baas, both of Mosgiel, celebrate 10 years of the patrol in district. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

The Mosgiel-Taieri Community Patrol has been the “eyes and ears” of police for a decade.

Patrol chairman Tony Baas said the patrol celebrated its 10th birthday at a dinner at Black Pepper restaurant in Mosgiel on Saturday.

At the celebration, founding members Bill Feather, Merv Rowe and Sharon Buchanan-Letts were given badges for 10 years of service.

“A great night was had by all.”

Patrol party . . . Cutting a cake at a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Patrol are founding members (from left) Bill Feather, Merv Rowe and Sharon Buchanan-Letts in Mosgiel on Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The patrol had 25 members, who volunteered more than 1000 hours across Dunedin last year.

All volunteers passed a police check and completed weeks of training to be part of the patrol.

Volunteers attended emergencies, including fires and floods.

“We are out and about to see what roads are flooding and who’s in trouble and relay the information back to police.”

Mr Baas recalled working with another volunteer and standing at the bottom of Three Mile Hill in the pouring rain for hours one night to slow down motorists as they approached a flooded road.

“We were saturated but that’s what you do.”

The patrol depended on grants and fundraising events to “keep the patrol on the road”.

A Toyota Rav 4 patrol vehicle travelled more than 10,000km last year.

New members “both young and old” were welcome.

“The patrol is in fine form and is looking forward to another 10 years of service to the police and the community,” Mr Baas said.

Sergeant Boyd Smart, of Mosgiel, said the patrol helped police achieve its goal of keeping the community safe.

The partnership between the patrol and police had “grown in strength” over the years.

“They act as the eyes and ears for the police in the community.”