Agile response busts suspected meth ring

Agile response busts suspected meth ring

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. Some great work by Canterbury staff this week saw the arrest of alleged members of a suspected methamphetamine ring and the seizure of a significant amount of this harmful drug.

In a challenging operation, our people carried out a number of search warrants at addresses and vehicles across Christchurch. Their agile response and ability to quickly adapt to a fast changing situation allowed the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of methamphetamine, cash, vehicles, synthetic drugs and at least one firearm.

Methamphetamine causes a huge amount of harm in our communities and, as with other illegal drugs, its production and use is a major driver of crime, so my congratulations to the Canterbury Organised Crime Unit, STG and AOS staff and everyone else involved in this operation.

Teaming up to reduce family violence

Our efforts to reduce the harm from family violence have been given a further boost with the launch of a new pilot project in Waikato.

Police will work closely with our partners in Child Youth and Family, Corrections, women’s refuges, Health, specialist family violence NGOs and kaupapa Māori services to ensure at-risk families get the help they need.

Known as the Integrated Safety Response model, this approach recognises that a wide range of issues need to be addressed – such as, for example, drug and alcohol abuse – to reduce and prevent family violence. The same model has been running in Christchurch since July and it’s already making a positive difference for vulnerable families there.

These initiatives are part of the wider Government programme to reduce the harm from family violence.  Solving family violence will not happen overnight, but there is no doubt that every success we have brings enormous benefits for victims who are often the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Engaging with our people

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been running staff days for people working in PNHQ. These have been a great opportunity to keep our staff updated about what’s happening in Police and the importance of their wellness and safety.

This is the first time PNHQ and service centre staff have been included in staff days, which are common around the country, so it was good to engage with them and get some feedback about how they think everything’s going and their role in enabling districts to deliver on Our Business.

On that note, staff days will also be held in all districts in the coming months, so keep an eye out for what’s happening in your area. Remember, these events are as much about us hearing from you as you hearing from us, so I look forward to seeing you in your place.

Showcasing women in Police

As you know, this year we’ve been celebrating the 75th anniversary of women in Police. As part of this, the Public Affairs team has put together a series of videos showcasing the great careers enjoyed by ten women police officers.

These will be posted on our national Police Facebook page around 10am each Sunday, starting this weekend. I encourage you all to check out the videos when you get a chance because they’re very well produced and tell a great story about our women and the excellent work they do.

And if you’re in Wellington, check out the exhibition at the Royal New Zealand Police College marking 75 years of women in policing.

The Paw Blacks prevail

Congratulations to the New Zealand Police dog team, which put in an impressive performance at the Australian and New Zealand Police Dog Trials last weekend, retaining the team trophy. You can find out more about their success on our web page.

That’s all for this week. Until next time, stay safe and keep up the great work.

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