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Raising police profile among commuters
Community Police Officers in Wellington have recently undergone health and safety training from Kiwi Rail so they can patrol Wellington commuter trains.
The goal is to raise their profile within the rail commuter community.
“Having police patrol the trains and platforms is a natural extension of the work we already do in the community,” says Karen.
“The vast majority of commuters are very safe on the trains, but from time to time problems do arise, particularly connected to alcohol.”
Uniformed officers provide reassurance to commuters, act as a deterrent to anyone thinking of committing a crime such as graffiti and are able to deal effectively with passengers who might cause a nuisance to fellow travellers.
Tranz Metro Security Manager Mark Pettitt says he has been very keen to see more police officers using trains. “I believe it will help police to engage with the community and could provide officers with useful public information and intelligence.”
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