Dozens of volunteers recruited to watch out for criminal activity after success of pilot scheme during Rugby World Cup.
‘I am a detail person – I notice things that are suspicious’ said Andrew Dinsdale – a former auditor for KPMG – who is one of 52 volunteers who watches Wellington’s inner-city CCTV cameras.
The volunteers were initially recruited to man CCTV monitors during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
But they have been so helpful Wellington council is recruiting more for this summer and New Zealand police are planning ‘comprehensive’ training, which will elevate volunteers’ knowledge above the basics of body language.
Dinsdale spends his four shifts a month scanning live monitors for wanted suspects and missing people as well as taking notes on social problems such as begging and busking.