Northland incident

Northland incident

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. We’re doing everything we can to locate and arrest the person who fired shots at two police officers in Whangarei early this morning.

Members of the Armed Offenders Squad as well as staff from Northland, Waitematā and Auckland City districts are involved in this operation and ongoing inquiries.

We’re also supporting the two staff members who were fired upon. As always in events of this nature, our objective is to ensure the safety of the public and our staff and resolve this situation without anyone getting hurt.

Further blows against the drugs trade

The past week has seen more successes in our efforts to combat the harm caused in our communities by illegal drugs.

The first was Waitematā Police's seizure of methamphetamine worth up to $4 million, along with equipment, materials and chemicals allegedly being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. This followed a month-long investigation and has taken a significant amount of this destructive drug out of circulation.

Waikato Police also put a dent in the drugs trade when they discovered a clandestine lab and a cannabis growing room during a search warrant in Hamilton yesterday.

Well done to all involved in both operations.

Asset forfeiture

This month also saw a notable decision regarding the forfeiture of assets under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act. The High Court ruled last week that a senior Mongrel Mob member in Bay of Plenty must forfeit $1.17 million of assets, despite the fact he had been found not guilty of money laundering.

This is a reminder that we don’t need a criminal conviction for assets that are linked to offending to be forfeited. It’s also notable that it was the result of considerable work with partner agencies the Ministry for Social Development and Inland Revenue, in keeping with the all-of-Government approach to organised crime.

Supreme diversity

On Thursday, Police won the Empowerment category and the overall Supreme prize at the Diversity Awards in Auckland.

Our entry highlighted the work we’ve done to improve and promote the recruitment, retention, development and career progression of women in Police and the results we’ve been getting from various initiatives and campaigns in this area.

The awards are organised by Diversity Works NZ (formerly the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust) and winning the Supreme Award is a great accolade for us as we celebrate 75 years of women in Police.

Well done to all involved in these very successful initiatives and our ongoing efforts to ensure Police is truly representative of all the communities we serve.

Until next time, stay safe.

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