A new year of opportunities

A new year of opportunities

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi and Happy New Year! Many thanks to all staff who worked through the holiday period. This is always a busy time for police as hundreds of thousands of people head away and large gatherings occur around New Year’s Eve.

This summer was no exception, but the lack of any major disorder incidents was a testament to the efforts our staff put in around prevention. It also showed the value of working closely with our partner agencies, such as local authorities, and event organisers to identify potential problems in advance and minimise risks to public safety.

I was in Waitemata and Northland over the break, and saw first-hand the great work being done by staff there.

To those of you who had some time off, I hope you had a good break, spent plenty of time with the special people in your lives and have returned refreshed and looking forward to a great 2017.

A lot of work will get underway this year towards our goal of making New Zealand the safest country. We’ve got some great opportunities to deliver even better results for our communities, and I want to thank you all in advance for your commitment and contribution.

Holiday road toll

My thoughts are with the loved ones of the 19 people who died on the roads over the official holiday period. This was despite the huge effort our staff put in every day to keep our roads safe.

I also want to acknowledge the police officers who attended these crashes and those who delivered the tragic news to the families of the deceased. Informing someone that their loved one has died is easily one of the worst aspects of the job.

Our efforts to keep our roads safe will continue, and all staff have a role to play in addressing unsafe driving behaviour they encounter in their day-to-day work.

I also want to stress that drivers have a responsibility to look after themselves, their passengers and other road users.

Recognising service above and beyond

Congratulations to Hawke’s Bay police officers Sergeant Su Robinson and Senior Constable Sue Guy, who were made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year’s Royal Honours.

They’ve done some outstanding work to help victims and young people and in the area of prevention, and these awards were very well deserved. You can find out more about their contributions on our website.

Well done, too, to Sandra Ibbotson, who was the co-founder of the Napier Community Patrol and who received the Queen’s Service Medal. Until next time, stay safe and keep up the great work.


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