Hitting drug dealers where it hurts

Hitting drug dealers where it hurts

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. The 35 kilograms of cocaine seized at the weekend was an unprecedented amount and the attempted import illustrates the calculated, serious offending that characterises modern organised crime groups.

These groups are motivated purely by profit, with no regard to the harm the drugs they peddle and the activities they engage in do to communities.

Congratulations to Police’s National Organised Crime Group, together with other agencies and our international partners, for achieving this excellent result.

This cocaine bust was followed today by some more great work by the National Organised Crime Group, with the seizure of $1.7 million of assets related to an alleged methamphetamine supply ring in Wellington.

These operations show our commitment to tackling serious organised criminal offending in our communities.

Building trust and confidence

It should be a great source of pride to all staff that New Zealand Police won the category for Building Trust and Confidence in Government at the Institute of Public Administration NZ Awards on Wednesday night.

Our entry highlighted initiatives designed to drive behaviour that builds public trust and confidence, such as our refreshed Code of Conduct and Values, as well as all the hard work we’re putting in to ensure we reflect the communities we serve.

All staff have a role to play in building trust and confidence in Police, and the fact it has increased from 69 percent in 2007/08 to 78 percent today is a tribute to the effort and commitment of you all.

Working together to address family violence

The start of the ground-breaking Integrated Safety Response pilot in Christchurch on 1 July is a very significant milestone for all agencies working with families affected by family violence.

It recognises that working together in partnership is the way of the future if we are to make a real difference to the terrible harm caused by family violence in New Zealand.

Our staff know this. We attend a family violence investigation every 4.9 minutes and working with other agencies and having the right supports in place to address the harm was a huge theme in the feedback on the shape of future policing services.

Our partner agencies in the ISR pilot - Child, Youth and Family, Corrections, Health, specialist family violence NGOs and kaupapa Māori services - also understand the value of sitting at one table. It’s particularly encouraging to me that Health has invested four full-time positions in this new approach.

Well done to everyone who has been involved in setting up the pilot. This is just the beginning and there will be learnings, but I’m confident this is a robust start.

Strengthening international ties

This week I have been on an official visit to China, where I have been hosted by New Zealand Police Liaison Officer to Beijing, Superintendent Hamish McCardle, and China’s Ministry of Public Security.

I’ve met with a number of Vice Ministers and key law enforcement partners in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Beijing.

Our work with China’s law enforcement services is an important part of our efforts to combat the international drug trade, transnational and organised crime and other cross-border offending. The visit has been an excellent opportunity to further strengthen our operational partnerships, discuss key issues of importance and learn from the advancements Chinese law enforcement agencies have made in terms of innovation and technology.

Looking forward to the future

It was an honour to be re-appointed as Commissioner of Police for a further three years.

Our organisation is undergoing major transformation which is service-focused, will enhance our prevention approach and will embrace both technological and cultural change.

My priorities for the next three years include building a workforce that reflects the communities we serve, creating a more inclusive culture with strong leadership, and ensuring we play our part in protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.

I’m also committed to supporting the great work our staff do in ensuring our communities are safe and feel safe.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

This is Māori Language Week and it’s been pleasing to hear about all the activities our staff have been engaged in around the country to celebrate the importance of Te Reo and Police’s partnership with Māori. You can check out more on our national Facebook page.

Noho ora mai!

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