Dedicated Police receive awards

Dedicated Police receive awards

Mike Bush, Police Commissioner

Kia ora koutou

A number of staff have been recognised for their achievements since my last blog, showing the high regard that NZ Police is held. Acknowledging staff for the good work they do is always a pleasure.

International recognition for a job well done

Congratulations to Auckland District Commander Karyn Malthus, who was recognised by the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP) earlier this week for her leadership and work on Operation Clover (the review of the ‘Roastbusters’ investigation). She was one of two recipients awarded the Most Outstanding Female Investigator award, presented at the 2017 International Women & Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns, Australia.

Karyn displayed impressive oversight, command and direction, mentoring and guidance to her team. She is passionate about the development of women in Police and gives active support for district Women’s Advisory Networks.

I also extend my congratulations to Detective Senior Sergeant Kylie Schaare, nominated for Most Outstanding Female Leader award and Sergeant Whiti Timutimu, nominated for the Most Outstanding Female Practitioner award.

These three nominations show the high regard NZ Police is held in internationally.

POP awards success – recognising evidence based problem orientated policing

Bay of Plenty Police took out the Supreme Award at the annual Problem Oriented Policing (POP) awards held this week. It was my pleasure to present their award recognising their tikanga based process to address Māori children and young people involved in the criminal justice system.

This initiative will have a major impact on our target of reducing reoffending by Māori by 25%. Ohe Ake started in 2010 with a joint approach by Police and Tuhoe Hauora - to help reconnect children and young people with their identity, whakapapa and whänau.

An independent review of the initiative shows this is reducing reoffending, and having a positive impact on trust and confidence with Police. The review showed the majority of the rangatahi had re-entered some form of education or work environment and parents had become more active in their child’s life with a reduction in substance misuse.

POP is designed to proactively identify and analyse crime and disorder problems. Congratulations to the winners of the four award categories. These are:

  • Excellence in reducing harm from crime, awarded to Canterbury District for “have a Good One” – preventing alcohol related harm from house parties,

  • Excellence in achieving collective impact, also awarded to Bay of Plenty District,

  • Excellence in reducing repeat victimisations, awarded to Counties Manukau District for Operation Dukan – a retail engagement programme focussing on crime prevention, and

  • Excellence in generation, application and development of evidence, awarded to Waitematä District for Project Auckland Transport Operations Centre.

More information about the awards, finalists and winners is available on Ten One .

As always, stay safe.

Ngā manaakitanga


Mike Bush MNZM

Commissioner of Police


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