Police reaching out to rural community

23:21, Jun 22 2014

The Blenheim police command unit will stop by a different rural community in Marlborough each week as part of a new strategy to connect with rural residents.

Sergeant Mike Porter, of Blenheim, said two officers took the Blenheim police mobile control unit, which is also used as a booze bus, to talk to Wairau Valley residents on Thursday.

The visit was the first of many to rural communities in Marlborough who might not have the opportunity to talk to police regularly, Porter said.

"It's in response to a gap we see in not being able to get to our rural communities as often as we like," he said.

The visit was an opportunity for people living in rural communities to have a face-to-face meeting with police and get advice and information about issues affecting them.

Marlborough had a team of seven prevention constables, with two who focus on rural areas. The rural constables also have responsibilities in other areas, meaning the rest of the team step in and do rural policing when needed, Porter said.

An email to people who lived in rural Marlborough communities was also sent out every two or three months, or as needed, he said. Anyone living in rural Marlborough can subscribe to the email newsletter. The police command unit visits Seddon on Wednesday.