Drug dealing puts children in harm’s way

Drug dealing puts children in harm’s way

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. Operation Province, which targeted drug dealing in nine Police Districts, has highlighted the harm this offending is doing to the most vulnerable in our communities. It was shocking to hear about the presence of young children at many of the homes where methamphetamine, cannabis and other illegal drugs were being sold.

In one case, a woman was allegedly involved in the sale of methamphetamine to an undercover officer as she breastfed her infant, and a total of 40 children aged between three weeks to 16 years were found in the drug dealing houses investigated.

Concerns for the safety and welfare of some of these children has seen us make a number of referrals to Child Youth and Family.  Protecting vulnerable members of our communities is also a major reason why we put so much effort into disrupting the illegal drugs trade and the organised crime groups that run it.

Operation Province was a huge success, with 155 arrests and the seizure of large quantities of cannabis and methamphetamine. More than $11 million worth of property was also restrained or is the subject of further investigation.

Well done to Detective Inspector Craig Scott and staff across the country who helped achieve this great result.   

75 years of women in blue

This morning, I attended the launch of the celebrations marking 75 years of women in Police, along with Police Minister Judith Collins and several former and serving female officers.

This is a really important milestone not just for Police but also for New Zealand. Among those at the launch were former officer Marie Storey, who joined Police in 1943, and current women police officers modelling what female staff wore from the 1940s, when there was no uniform, to the present day (see picture below).

Significant events to mark the anniversary include relays starting from Cape Reinga and Bluff on 24 June. These will meet in Wellington, where former and present female staff will parade to Parliament on 1 August. There will also be many locally-organised events, so keep an eye out for what’s happening in your District.

A key focus of the commemorations is to encourage more women to join Police, so if you know any women who want a challenging and rewarding career with a wide range of opportunities, get them to check out www.newcops.co.nz.

That’s all for now. Until next time, stay safe.

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