|Are you keen to help make Waipā a safer place to live and spend time in? New Zealand Police and Waipa District Council are on the look-out for volunteers to monitor its new CCTV cameras.|
Next month, 13 cameras will be installed in Cambridge and Te Awamutu at several key intersections and along main roads in both hubs. These are expected to go live in late-September.
To make the system the best it can be, around 20 volunteers are needed to help monitor these cameras during peak hours on Friday and Saturday nights.
Council's transportation manager Bryan Hudson said volunteers would work on a roster system and be based at the Te Awamutu Police Station where a workstation has been set up.
"Council want to make sure if something happens in Cambridge or Te Awamutu Police can be alerted immediately to suspicious activity or if someone is in need of assistance."
Police constable Ryan Fleming said the recruitment operation would be managed by CommSafe Te Awamutu who would oversee the vetting and training process.
"This is a great way for people to show their community values and could be a good stepping stone into the police force. You'll gain insight into the way we operate in the force and what keeping the community safe is like."
CommSafe Te Awamutu's patrol coordinator Stuart Hampton said he was keen to see residents from both Cambridge and Te Awamutu coming forward to help.
"We will need eight volunteers each weekend to cover four shifts on Friday and Saturday night. Each shift will be three hours long and require two people for safety purposes. During these shifts CommSafe and Police will be on the ground patrolling ready to take action if needed."
Those interested in applying should contact Ryan Fleming at email@example.com.