Targeting gangs and organised crime

Targeting gangs and organised crime

Police Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. Congratulations to all staff involved in the lengthy investigation into the Head Hunters gang in Christchurch. Led by the Canterbury Organised Crime Unit, this resulted in a number of search warrants being conducted this week and the arrest of several people on charges including supplying methamphetamine.

Several more Head Hunters members and associates were arrested in the lead-up to this week’s operation.

As with other recent operations of this nature, Police staff have offered to put methamphetamine users identified during the investigation in contact with agencies that can help with any dependency issues. This is a good preventative measure to reduce the harm caused by this highly-addictive and damaging drug.

I’m pleased to see this ongoing pressure being brought to bear against gangs and other organised crime groups and the methamphetamine trade.

Napier’s new station

This morning I was in Napier for the opening of the city’s new police station. This is a great asset not just for Police but the whole community, and it was terrific to see so many representatives from our partner agencies and iwi there for the occasion.

The official party included Police Minister the Honourable Judith Collins, local MPs Craig Foss and Stuart Nash, Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, councillors and council officials, representatives from a wide range of agencies and emergency services and members of local iwi Ngāti Kahungunu and the District Māori Focus Forum.

The station is part of a $24 million investment by Police in the Hawke’s Bay Area, and will be followed by a new station and District Headquarters to be constructed in Hastings.

My thanks and congratulations to all involved in this project, including District Commander Superintendent Sandra Venables, Area Commander Inspector Tania Kura and all the designers and contractors.

Cowardly attacks

There have been a couple of cowardly attacks against elderly people recently that will have disgusted New Zealanders.

The first involved a road rage incident near Orewa on November 26, in which a 93-year-old man suffered a badly injured arm. On Monday, a 91-year-old woman was hurt when she was pushed over during a home invasion in Mt Wellington, Auckland.

It’s important to stress that incidents of this nature are very rare, which makes them all the more disturbing when they do occur, especially when the victims are particularly vulnerable. The public can rest assured that, as always, we’re doing everything we can to find those responsible and hold them to account.

A solid performance

Finally, on Saturday, I joined a large number of Police staff who took part in the annual Half IronMāori in Napier. This involves a 2km swim, a 90km cycle and a 21.1km run, with entrants competing either individually or as teams of three.

A total of nine Police teams and two individuals from Police took part. Two Police teams finished in the top ten out of the 253 teams that raced.

This was a great way for our staff to engage with the community and competitors who came from around New Zealand.  My thanks to all Eastern District staff who worked on the day, as well as those who helped assist with organising the Police teams.

Until next time, stay safe and keep up the great work.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush and Minister of Police Judith Collins with staff at Napier. 

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