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“Billie on the beat” Bartrum in the Community

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Billie BartrumBillie the warden has been an identity in New Lynn for the past 15 years. Wanting to put something back into the community in her retirement, Billie, 82, originally joined the Waitakere Wardens. Undeterred when this organisation ceased in 2005 Billie simply created her own uniform and carried on, regardless.

Billie is based at the New Lynn Community Policing Centre and patrols the carparks and bus terminal, assisting the public and “advising” the naughty kids to change their ways in a way that seems to have a remarkable success rate.

Police staff cannot speak highly enough of Billie, according to Watchhouse Officer Warren Strand. Billie helps out at the counter, picks up lost property from the Mall and Countdown, delivers brochures and messages, keeps the station clean and tidy. She knows all the kids and they know her.

“It’s a testament to her, how often they approach her years later and thank her for the advice that she has given. She is an amazing lady, a great help to us,” says Warren.

Recently, The Trusts have donated funds enabling her to upgrade her uniform to a Hi-Viz vest and jacket, personalised with “Billie on the Beat” on the back of her jacket. Despite the stormy weather, Billie could not wait to get out around the shops