What's in store for 2010

What's in store for 2010

Howard Broad, Police Commissioner

 Goals for 2010 will be top of mind for many kiwis returning to work this week.
 
It's the same at Police. Over the course of 2009, we thought long and hard about what our priorities should be.
 
Now we're setting out on a work programme that will bring some exciting developments over the next five years.
 
Much of it continues work which has already been in progress. Certain initiatives have successfully run as local pilots and can now be scaled up and rolled out nationally.
 
In setting our priorities for this year, we have decided some basics about how Police needs to operate:
 
Victim centred: Traditionally, our focus has been on catching criminals. We will always do that, but we want to move the victim towards centre-stage, especially in terms of customer service. For example, we need to give victims the choice to be more involved as we deal with crimes against them, from getting it recorded to the investigation and the final outcome. People want to know what's going on, and they deserve to.
 
Information-enabled: New and emerging technology has the potential to relieve our highly-trained staff of much tedious, low-level work. We want their efforts to go into the work where their skills and judgement are critical. There are some exciting possibilities here.
 
Responsive: Police need to be in the right place at the right time. Some districts have improved this by rejigging rosters - putting more Monday to Friday officers on duty over the hectic Friday/Saturday periods. It's worked a treat. We have more police working at night and more patrols in the community. It's a good start to making officers more visible.
 
Our overall goal is to concentrate on serious and organised crime. This crime causes the most damage in our society.
 
I think these goals will help us do that, and I look forward to seeing the work advance this year.