Top 10 achievements for 2009

Top 10 achievements for 2009

Howard Broad, Police Commissioner

Top 10 achievements for 2009
Focus is already turning to Police goals for 2010, but some great things were achieved in the year gone by. Here's my top 10:
 
1. Public access to police improved with new stations opening in Piopio, Whangārei, Kumeu, Franz Josef, National Park and Christchurch South. Stage 2 of the new Counties Manukau station was completed.
 
2. Digital radio was launched in Wellington District, so criminals can no longer eavesdrop on police communications with cheap scanners. This will roll out to Auckland and Canterbury over 2010.
 
3. Taser was introduced. In 90 percent of violent incidents where Taser was presented, the situation was resolved without physical force.
 
4. Police College celebrated 1,000 recruits trained in three years. Police constabulary staff increased by 13.2 percent over this time. Among the 1,000 were people from Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, the first Japanese national and the first Sikh to become New Zealand police officers.
 
5. Visiting our officers in Afghanistan gave me confidence that even three people can make a significant difference. 
 
6. New legislation gave Police more clout against organised crime groups.
 
7. Crimestoppers brought New Zealanders a new way to report crime anonymously.
 
8. Officers took members of the Law Commission's liquor review onto city streets at night where they saw alcohol abuse from a police perspective.
 
9. New laws enabled police to test drivers they suspect are under the influence of drugs. I saw this in action at a Counties Manukau checkpoint and was reminded how alert our officers are to tell-tale signs of drug use.  

10. A real stand-out has been the commitment and dedication of police staff. They faced new technology, legislation and procedures as well as a tough economic climate. They have dealt with all this, and their difficult daily duties, in a way we can all be proud of. I thank them and their families. 

More about our goals for 2010 in my next posts - in the meantime, I wish you a Happy New Year.