Police on the airport beat
One group of police offi takes patrolling the beat to new heights.
While other units work within a district, officers based at Auckland airport have wider boundaries – extending nationally and internationally.
With 13 million people passing through the airport each year and many businesses within the vicinity, officer in charge inspector Mick Woods says the airport is a town in its own right with all the same issues.
“It’s vibrant all the time, it’s a city within a city.”
He loves the role and says there is “no better job in the police”.
Community policing is a strong focus. Staff deal with car break-ins, driving infringements, shoplifting, aggravated robbery, disorder and fraud.
But other aspects of the job are unique to the airport.
Officers need to be prepared to respond to emergencies and terrorist activity, deal with drug smuggling, deaths onboard aircraft and immigration crime such as false passports.
They also watch over the safety of dignitaries and celebrities.
Last month there were 46 arrests, 36 VIP operations, 37 border alerts and 24 security incidents, including a passenger who had live ammunition.
Recently staff have responded to the swine flu pandemic. Mr Wood says he’s proud of the way his officers stepped up to deal with swine
Seized: Inspector Mick Woods with some of have tried to get through Customs.
the weapons passengers