Response reassures community

Response reassures community

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. Congratulations to all staff involved in the arrest of a suspect following last Friday’s sexual assault in the Porirua suburb of Waitangirua.

This was a very serious attack and although incidents of this type are very rare, they understandably cause considerable concern among the public when they do occur. The intensive and professional response of our staff will go a long way towards reassuring the community that they’re safe.

I would also like to acknowledge the support Police received from the local community during this inquiry.

The value of international liaison

The continuing investigation into the recent seizure of nearly 500 kilograms of methamphetamine in Northland has showcased the value of our international Police Liaison Officer network, as well as the professionalism of our local staff.

Every day, our liaison officers in Australia, China, Washington DC, London, Fiji and Jakarta work to ensure we have contacts and networks where we need them. New Zealand Police’s National Organised Crime Group is working with our liaison officers to determine where the record 494 kilo methamphetamine haul came from, who was involved in bringing it into New Zealand, and where it was destined to go.

We will get answers, and we’ll share that knowledge with our international partner agencies. Together, we are preventing the harm that these drugs would otherwise cause our communities.

Recognition for Police families

On Tuesday night, Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae extended a huge honour to Police by recognising the contribution our staff and their families make to keeping New Zealand safe. This was the theme of a farewell dinner Sir Jerry hosted at Government House, which was attended by members of the Police Executive, District Commanders and spouses and partners.

As well as a chance to acknowledge the enormous contribution Sir Jerry has made to New Zealand, both as Governor General and during his lengthy military service, it was a privilege to represent all 12,000-plus Police staff as he acknowledged the vital role our loved ones play in our success.

Speaking of outside recognition, Police did extremely well in the latest review of Government departments by the Trans-Tasman newsletter. Police was placed in the top ten in all five of the categories relating to agency performance, including being ranked third in overall performance – a terrific result.

A sad loss

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Inspector Garth Bryan on Monday. Garth served in Police for 31 years, most recently as Manager: Early Intervention at Police National Headquarters.

His funeral was this morning and our thoughts are with his family and all who worked with him over the years. 

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