Monday, 10 July 2017 - 4:54pm -
Commissioner Mike Bush

Nelson Staff Bust Meth Ring

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Ngā Mihi

Congratulations to our cops in Nelson who took approximately $1.2 million worth of meth off their streets on 22 June - this is one of the biggest seizures the region has ever seen.

The great work by our frontline and organised crime staff emphasises our commitment to fight meth, and the harm it causes, across New Zealand.

Two people are now before the courts on a variety of serious drug-related charges.

Cops log 30 Million public interactions

On the 27th of June, we logged our 30 millionth event created in CARD since the amalgamation into a single national event management system in 2007.

The Communications Centres dispatch around 3.1 million events per annum. That's approximately 8,493 events every single day.

Operating in extremely high pressure environments, our Comms Centre staff are often the first point of call for people who need our assistance. The advice and assurance they provide to callers in these trying circumstances cannot be underestimated.

There’s no doubt our call takers, and our dispatchers, greatly influence our trust and confidence with the public, and we thank you for all the great work you do! 

New Recruits Hit the College

Saturday 1 July was the first day of our new transformation programme “The Safest Country – Policing 2021" (Policing 2021). The first cohort of new recruits from Policing 2021 started at the RNZPC today, and you can expect more communication about how the transformation programme will impact your District over the coming months.  

1 July, was also the day the updated Our Business was launched to more accurately reflect the work we do and how each and every one of our staff fits into Police’s aim to be the safest country. You can view Our Business here.   

Making a Difference Where It Counts

Last Monday I was proud to attend the launch of Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke (WNPH) in Counties Manukau. This is a joint Police and local iwi/Māori partnership to reduce family harm.  

Family harm is a major problem in New Zealand and we see first-hand the effects this has on members of our communities. Last year alone, we attended over 118,000 incidents.

WNPH has been piloted in Counties Manukau for the last year, and is another tool in the arsenal to reduce the harm family violence causes, along with the Integrated Service Response and the Family Violence Inter Agency Response System.

I'm proud of the work we do in this area and confident that through WNPH, and our other family harm initiatives, we can make a real difference.

Lions Tour a success

Finally, Police would like to acknowledge the Lions fans, All Blacks fans, and everyone involved in the tour. 

As National Commander Major Events Superintendent Sandra Manderson said on Saturday, this has been a special event for New Zealand and it was a pleasure to Police. Our staff have really enjoyed engaging with fans at games and around the country and helping them stay safe. 

I must add that Police were contacted by a handful of people via Facebook on Saturday night to report a robbery at Eden Park, allegedly conducted by a man wearing a white shirt and carrying a whistle. While Police takes all complaints seriously, this is unfortunately a matter we are going to be unable to resolve. 

As always, stay safe.


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