What’s your perception?

Early intervention is the key
By Sergeant Keith Olsen

KeithOlsenTHBFrom time to time some people have a perception that our youth population is “out of control” and that youth crime is increasing.  This is simply not the case.  Per head of population the youth crime rate is extremely low in the Counties-Manukau East area.  Most young people never come to the attention of the Police.  Of the few that do, most are dealt with effectively and then never come to the attention of the Police again.  An extremely small number however do continue to offend.  Read the rest of the article here… 

It’s Volunteer Week – and we are fortunate

By Sergeant Brett Meale

PolicemanincarTwo weeks ago I commenced my role as the Community Services Sergeant at the Howick Community Policing Station. I am responsible for the Community Constables who service the Howick, Pakuranga and Flatbush areas. I would like to introduce myself and give my initial impressions after two weeks in this busy and challenging role. For the last 15 years, I was based at….. Read more….

A Police Career for School Leavers?

NZ Police LogoBy Community Constable Anson Lin – Howick Police Station.

I was grateful to be invited to attend the Macleans College ‘Careers Evening’. It was a well organised event with many different career options represented. It was overwhelming to meet so many enthusiastic young men and women who were exploring the various career opportunities in front of them.

Becoming a Police officer is no doubt an exciting choice; however the job requires a high level of professionalism, discipline, confidence, and maturity. I was delighted to see that many of the students I met throughout the evening displayed these qualities.

The most frequent question I am asked by young people is: “What is the minimum qualification required to join the Police?” Read on….

Howick Local Board E News June 2015

HowickBoardHDG.The latest issue of the boards e-news is available on line and includes the following topics.

Alcohol Ban changes
Community Grants information workshop next week
Ros Nicholson Native Ecology Award
Free home insulations available
Manukau Beautification Trust
Matariki Festival
Cycle Skills training for Adults and families
Read all about it here …..

Police Ten One newsletter June 2015

No. 392 June 2015

PoliceTenOne June 2015 imageWelcome to the June issue of Ten One.

In this issue, learn about a remarkable project to release historic human remains with dignity and respect, bid farewell to a landmark police station, see how Police is using intelligence to change road policing, find out how a missing police dog took social media by storm and look at a landmark year for police recruitment.  Read about it all here…

You can also read Direct Line, Commissioner Mike Bush’s latest blog about Police issues.

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Vehicle security a cause for concern

PolicemanincarSummer has gone and the weather is getting colder, and with the change in day light saving we as a community need to keep a continued eye out for suspicious behaviour as people will be staying in doors.

Police 24/7 will be out there in rain, hail and shine along with other community support groups watching and looking for potential criminal activity. We still need help from you, letting us know about any suspicious behaviour. It is you the general public who give Police information about people, vehicles and places. Police will follow up calls from the public to prevent offending happening in our area.  Read why vehicle security or the lack thereof is such a worry for the community.  Contributed by Police Constable Ian Willetts (Counties Manukau East Police).

Public meeting and AGM held

Agm June 2015Thirty residents from Pakuranga and Bucklands Beach attended the Neighbourhood Support AGM and public meeting held on Saturday 13th June 2015.  The two guest speakers presentations were very well received and they were warmly thanked.  The existing committee was re-elected unopposed.

Police dog handler Chay Andrews gave us all an excellent insight into how Police Dogs are trained and how they operate,  We learned that there are three dog handlers allocated for the area from Whangarei to Hamilton which startled those present.  Chay also explained how calls for help are prioritized and chosen based on the seriousness of the crime, the skill level of the dog, and the current location of the handler and dog at the time of the call.

Auckland Council staff member Craig Bosson gave a 40 minute presentation on community resilience in the event of a an emergency.  We learned that the most likely disaster to strike Auckland is one of infrastructure failure such as power which causes chaos on our roads, drainage, and sewage systems, and stops the emergency services getting to where they are needed.  Tsunami are slightly down the risk list as the islands in the gulf have a moderating influence for Auckland, but the risk for Orewa, Northland and Coromandel coasts is very high.   The reason why neighbours need to help each other was highlighted, especially as all over the world it takes about three days for the central organization to mobilise itself and get help to the worst affected communities. There is huge potential for the Neighbourhood Support network to be a very positive force for getting neighbours to create a culture of helping their immediate neighbours and being prepared in the event of a disaster. 

Help Shape Auckland to be the world’s most liveable city

StakeholdersUpdateTHB Welcome to the June 2015 Auckland Stakeholder Update!

Here we are in the first month of winter 2015 and the engagement space is as busy as ever. Get in quickly to have your say on Auckland’s new food grading system as the consultation closes this Sunday!

In this update you can also read about some of our current consultations including the redesign of the Nelson Street Off-Ramp to become a landmark cycleway and the new draft Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw. Follow our links to view the final Local Alcohol Policy and to find out what happened to your feedback.  Read it all here

Housing shortage action tank feedback

Otara action tank feedback (pdf document)

OtaraHealth bannerWe advised earlier in the month that ‘Otara Health’ were hosting a think tank to try and find solutions to the housing and health issues in their community.  We suggest the feedback could apply to many of Auckland’s communities.  Here is an abridged note from the General Manager of Otara Health and with a link (above) to an excellent and well laid out report of the meeting.  Easy to read, but nevertheless worrying.

“My warm thanks to you all for attending the Housing Action Tank last Friday. Please find attached,  our summary of the total of our collective  collaborative efforts, presented in the Results Based Accountability scorecard. We will endeavour to keep you informed by way of emailing you regularly updates of the scorecard as our collective mahi progresses.

John Coffey, General Manager E-mail: john.coffey@otarahealth.org.nz  Phone:  09 274 8355 or Mobile: 027 9659057  PO Box 61-474,Otara, Auckland 2159  www.otarahealth.org.nz


By Botany Community Constable Stewart Green, May 30th 2015

On the beat VEHICLE SECURITY theft from vehiclesA few weeks ago the Police, ‘Botany Community Patrol’ members and ‘Asian Council on Reducing Crime’ volunteers checked hundreds of cars parked in the Botany town centre. Although the number of vehicles displaying items of value had dropped since the last operation, there were still many cars with extremely valuable items left in plain view, windows left down and some cars even left unlocked.

As the Police ‘Prevention First’ policy steps up I will now be ringing owners and asking them to return to their vehicles to make them secure, or remove valuable items from view such as I pads, laptops and GPS units stuck to the windscreen. This should be common sense.

A vehicle is usually your second greatest financial investment…. read more

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