Full circle for Clutha cop
One of South Otago’s own returns home to take up a prestigious position with the New Zealand Police this month.
Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley starts her role as the new Clutha-Taieri area response manager on May 15, based at Balclutha police station.
The Stirling-raised police officer takes over from Senior Sergeant Al Dickie, who retired recently.
Fairley has fond memories of the legendary Dickie, from the very outset of her career.
‘‘I remember picking up my forms [to join the police] from Al Dickie, so I’ve come a nice wee circle.’’
After completing her training, she was stationed at Gore as the only female officer, and seven years later pursued her detective qualification. In 2000 she was appointed general duties sergeant and then became the first female detective sergeant of Gore CIB in 2006, through ‘‘hard work and stubborness’’, she says.
She went on to be the first female sub area commander in Southland, stationed at Winton, for Western Southland for four years, and has been stationed in Invercargill as supervisor for youth and community groups.
Otago coastal area commander Jason Guthrie said Fairley had a passion for prevention and community policing, and would be a welcome addition to the CluthaTaieri policing area.
South Otago-born Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, who will start a new role as Clutha-Taieri area response manager.