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.

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