Quality Intelligence is essential in Police work

By Senior Sergeant Neil Phillips

PolicemanincarThere’s been a lot of good police work going on recently. When our front line staff are not responding to calls for service, they are working pro-actively. This may mean stopping and talking to occupants of suspicious vehicles, checking up on known offenders, or actively tracking down suspects who may be trying to avoid us.

We don’t sit still and wait for things to happen – we prefer to be out there looking and preventing things happening in the first place. We are aided in that by an extensive intelligence support structure to ensure we are focusing our attention in the right place at the right time. Read the rest of the article here…..


Considering living in a retirement village or know someone who is?

FREE SEMINAR 6:00pm on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 Howick Bowling Club 33 Selwyn Road, Cockle Bay

CFC LogoThe Commission for Financial Capability is running free seminars about living in retirement villages. These seminars are for intending retirement village residents and their families.
The seminars will focus on things to consider before choosing to live in a retirement village and provide practical tips before you sign up to make the move.  Speakers from the Commission, Retirement Villages Association and legal profession will discuss practical things to consider before you sign up to live in a village including types of retirement village structure, costs and operations, important resident’s rights and where you can find out more information.
The seminars are 90 minutes long and include question and answer time throughout. Tea, coffee, and light refreshments provided.


Register online here   or call 0800 268 269     Places are limited. Registration is essential.


On The Beat: Drive to the Conditions

Drivers vs Schools

By Sarah Hill (NZ Police) 20th May 2015

WetroadTHBIt is that time of year again where we prepare ourselves for winter and the inevitable rain and bad weather that comes with it. It is also a time when we need to pay special attention to the way we drive. We need to make sure that when weather and road conditions change that we adjust not only our speed but our overall driving behaviour. “Drive to the conditions, when they change reduce your speed” What this means in a practical sense is that when road conditions change,  Read the full article……

Howick Fun Games Day 28th June

Hwick Fun Games Day logoYou are cordially invited to Howick Fun Games Day on Sunday 28th June from 10am to 2pm at Ti Rakau Reserve and Pakuranga Leisure Centre (13C Reeves Road, Pakuranga). This events is supported by Howick Local Board and organised by ethnic community organisations. Some games are brought into New Zealand by new migrants and have strong ethnic characteristics. It is anticipated that through this kind of events, people of Howick Local Board area will get to know other cultures and celebrate the cultural diversity.

Attached are the flyer and invitation for Howick Fun Games Day and please feel free to send them out to your communities and networks. Please contact the people on the flyer to confirm your attendance and get tickets for light refreshment.

Sponsored by the Howick Local Board  Click here to print out the invitation and more details.


Latest issue of Police TEN ONE newsletter

No. 391 May 2015   Welcome to the May issue of Ten One.

TenOneTHBIn this issue, we:

- find out about a mobility project upgrade,
– check out new equipment to aid taking of fingerprints and roadside breath tests,
– highlight a barrier-busting dance performance,
– see one staff member’s miniature contribution to the Gallipoli centenary
– learn how Police staff around the world marked Anzac Day.

Click here to read the newsletter in your browser.

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

It’s a bit of a worry ,,,, it really is

Neighbourhood Support Committee feedback from community briefing

Each month one of our committee members attends a Police community briefing for a variety of community groups concerned with keeping our community safe.  What is worrying is that for the third month running Pakuranga has featured as the main area of concern in Counties Manukau East in respect to burglaries from homes and vehicles and well as theft of the vehicle themselves. The areas near to the Waipuna and Panmure bridges seem to be the worst affected.

This is really hard to combat, but not impossible.  If your street is experiencing thefts of any sort why not contact us and see what we can do to help your street.  We can help you arrange a street meeting for the residents, give you all some tips on keeping the street safe, and provide you some free Neighbourhood Support warning notices that can be fixed to the nearest street light standards.  Contact us on Info@nsupport.co.nz and we will ring you back and have a chat about what we can offer you and your neighbours.

Seeing the light

DarrinHeavenTHBAll cars have an amazing collision avoidance feature. It works by judging the distance from the front of your car to the vehicle in front and adjusting the speed to maintain a safe following distance. It’s a complex system and usually works well.

Problems can arise when the car in front has faulty brake lights – the following car can’t always tell when it is time to brake.  Also, at night if headlights are not on or faulty this collision avoidance system can fail.  Worked it out?  Read more here.


SHAKE OUT practice in Oct

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:38 am Press Release: New Zealand Government

SHakeout THBNew Zealand ShakeOut 2015 launched today

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today launched New Zealand ShakeOut 2015, a six month campaign leading up to a national earthquake drill at 9.15am on 15 October 2015.

“Today I launched ShakeOut at Thorndon School in Wellington, because schools led the way during the last drill, with over half a million students and teachers taking part.

“However, we need not only schools but as many other organisations as possible involved, such as community groups, shops and businesses.

“I also encourage individuals and families to learn more about how to get through an earthquake, and take part in the drill to drop, cover and hold, a practice that could save your life.

“If you go to the ShakeOut website you can sign up to be part of the campaign, and get a range of information and resources to use before, during and after the drill.”

Ms Kaye says the previous New Zealand ShakeOut in 2012 saw 1.3 million people sign up to take part, but this year she’d like to see that increase to at least 1.5 million people.

“We’re a country prone to earthquakes so we all need to take responsibility and know how to get through.

“Just last week we had a magnitude 6.2 earthquake centred near St Arnaud. People need to know the importance of drop, cover and hold, and having an emergency kit at home.

“Today is also World Day for Safety and Health at work, so it’s an appropriate reminder for businesses to be prepared and make sure staff know what to do in an emergency.”

Ms Kaye was joined at today’s launch by International ShakeOut creator Mark Benthien and his team from the University of Southern California.

“ShakeOut began in California but is spreading to other US states and countries such as Canada and Japan, as well as New Zealand.

“In 2012 New Zealand had the largest participation rate of any ShakeOut anywhere. It would be great if Kiwis once again show that we’re world leaders in earthquake drills, to improve our preparedness as a nation.

“At the school today we acknowledged the people of Nepal, as they deal with the devastation of the weekend’s earthquakes there.”

To sign up and get more information, go to www.shakeout.govt.nz

Crime prevention through environmental design

KeithOlsenTHBCrime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is a strategy that has found favour worldwide.

The concept of CPTED is to reduce crime through creating a physical environment that makes it more difficult to commit crime. The principles of CPTED are doubly important in that Read more of this article by Sergeant Keith Olsen of the Howick Police.

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