The Petone Community Patrol is part of Community Patrol New Zealand whose function is to help build safer communities by providing an extra set of “eyes and ears” to assist with community issues and aid law enforcement.

Earlier this year the Petone group banded together with the help of local sponsors to generate funding for a new patrol vehicle. We were happy to be involved, and found the perfect vehicle for the job – the Haval H2. A small SUV with room for all the equipment they need, and with a peppy and robust petrol engine, perfect for urban driving. Petone Community Patrol travelled nearly 3,000km last year just in 450 patrol hours.

The Haval H2 in full patrol livery

The Petone Community Patrol patrol is supported by the local council and other government agencies but mainly relies on a team of volunteers. They work around the clock, keeping an eye on issues that could escalate to criminal or ant-social behaviour, and help the police by collecting local intelligence, taking on tasks to aid police work and through community engagement.

Community Patrol New Zealand volunteers

At the launch event for the new Haval H2, attended by local mayor Campbell Barry and Senior Sergeant Glenn Barnett, we were pleased to meet the whole patrol team and key organisers at CPNZ. We also received some fantastic feedback about the vehicle which has already been out on several patrols.

Patrol volunteer Kevin Philpott was one of the first to drive the new H2. “It’s a really good drive and the reverse camera is surprisingly high quality. The vehicle is certainly more noticeable on the patrol, which helps with the work we do.”

Along with other local businesses and trusts who contributed to funding the new vehicle, Brendan Foot Supersite is proud to support the important work of the CPNZ and the Petone Community Patrol.