Shooting in Paeroa

Shooting in Paeroa

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. At the time of writing, our staff are attending an incident in Paeroa in which a person was shot by police. This person has since died.

Our investigations at the scene are continuing and we are ensuring that all staff involved are receiving all the support they need. Our thoughts are also with the family of the deceased at this tragic time.

A focus on youth offending

Yesterday we officially launched Operation Focus, which targets burglaries, vehicle crime and other offending by young people. This operation recognises that burglary is a serious crime that affects the way people feel in their homes and that we are serious about reducing this type of offending.

We are focusing on young people because the data tells us that six out of every ten burglaries are committed by people aged under 24. One in five are by people aged under 16.

Operation Focus will involve a mix of enforcement, resolution and prevention measures and will run for a month across all districts. My thanks in advance to all staff involved for your extra efforts.

Prevention on wheels

This morning I was in Auckland for the launch of a mobile police base that will operate across the Auckland City and Waitematā Districts. This will boost the visibility of Police in these areas and make it easier for frontline staff to engage with the people we most want to reach.

This "more street than station" approach is one of the key changes we’ve made to the way we police in recent years. We know that the more time our staff spend in their communities, the more effective we’ll be in preventing crime. That’s why we’ve invested so much in our mobility programme, to give our officers the tools and the technology to allow them to spend less time behind a desk doing paperwork.

Mobile police bases are already operating in Counties-Manukau and Wellington Districts and are proving to be very popular with the public, especially people who don’t have transport and find it difficult to get to their nearest station.

Mobile police bases increase our presence in the community and enhance our prevention activities, so it’s great to see two more districts taking advantage of the addition to services they provide.

Cooperating to keep the world safe

This week New Zealand Police hosted two senior leaders from overseas jurisdictions as part of our ongoing commitment to international cooperation to prevent and combat crime.

John Miller, the New York Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-terrorism, and Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, were in New Zealand ahead of their attendance at an international policing conference in Sydney on Sunday.

I met with both while they were here, and we discussed a range of issues that police services around the world share in common. These range from trans-national and cyber crime, national security and terrorism to the prevalence of family violence.

I’ll have further opportunities to speak with John and Rob, as well as senior police from a large number of countries, at the international Pearls of Policing conference in Sydney on Sunday and Monday. Pearls of Policing is an international law enforcement think tank that brings together police leaders from around the world to identify emerging and future challenges and discuss possible responses and solutions.

Until next time, stay safe.

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