Community Watch Hornby was formed in October 1994 at a meeting held at the Hornby High School. The Committee was established in December 1994 and the first patrols commenced in Hornby, Halswell, Templeton, Prebbleton and Sockburn on the 18 January 1995. NZI sponsored the first car and ongoing costs were met by The Community Council Board, Community Trust of Trustbank Canterbury and donations from local business. Shell Carmen provided a place to park the vehicle. The car is currently housed at the Hornby Police Station.

In 2006 Hornby Watch Hornby changed its name to Hornby Community Patrol in line with a recommendation from the National Body, Community Patrols of New Zealand. (CPNZ)

The Patrol has and continues to be the “Eyes and Ears” of the community for the Police and its citizens.