New wheels .. Community patrol volunteer Jill Pearce (left) and chairwoman Christine Stewart check out the patrol's brand new wheels. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Claire Allison

Timaru’s Community Patrol has brand new wheels as it travels around keeping the community safe.

The white 2019 SsangYong Korando, fitted out with Community Patrol’s New Zealand livery, alley lights and an emergency light, replaces the patrol’s silver car which, chairwoman Christine Stewart said, seemed to look to some more like a taxi than a patrol vehicle.

“We look more credible now, and the public is becoming more aware of us, and this patrol car will make them more so.”

Mrs Stewart said funding for the vehicle had come from Pub Charities.

“We applied through Pub Charities, which, to our surprise and delight, funded the whole lot, including the lights and application of the livery. We were just blown away. We didn’t expect that generosity.”

With Bob Driver Autos supplying the vehicle, and All About Signs involved in applying the livery, Mrs Stewart said patrol members were already reporting increased comfort and better visibility in the new car.

“We’re not getting aching legs now .. four hours is a lot of sitting. It’s given the patrollers a real boost.”

Timaru Community Patrol operates on Friday and Saturday nights, mostly in Timaru and Washdyke, but can go further afield if the police request it.

It also provides services at special events, including the Mackenzie Highland A&P Show, the Waimate 50, and is involved in a variety of other community activities, including Meals on Wheels and the graffiti-busting project Tagline.

Mrs Stewart said new members were always welcome, and those involved found the work interesting, getting an insight into the community and how police operated.

Anyone interested can contact her on 021-155-8639.MysneakersSneakers