Meet the Mt Roskill community police
Police have noticed a number of residents asking about the whereabouts of the community constable. Times have changed and our communities are now patrolled by a team of constables. This week we introduce you to the Mt Roskill Community Policing Team.
Have you seen a police officer standing on patrol at the corner of aMt Roskill roundabout a few mornings a week?
The officer is one of the six constables who make up the Mt Roskill Community Policing Team based out of a police centre on the corner of Dominion and Richardson Roads.
The team looks after an area comprising of Mt Roskill, Balmoral, Blockhouse Bay, Lynfield, Hillsborough, as well as parts of Mt Albert, Mt Eden and Three Kings
Led by Senior Sergeant Nick Poore, the team’s task is much more community-focused than their frontline colleagues.
Poore says they liaise with a large number of community groups including local boards, Auckland Transport and mental health services.
As well as their normal community policing duties, the team also assists frontline police and attend urgent jobs when the need arises.
‘‘No job is seen as being too small and [we are] often the first port of call in situations of ‘neighbours at war,’ where a timely intervention can prevent a relatively minor situation from escalating into something more serious,’’ Poore says.
The policing team is also often asked to intervene in areas where local residents are being victimised by burglary, vehicle crime or even anti-social behaviour such as boy racing.
Senior Sergeant Nick Poore leads the Mt Roskill Policing Team.