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Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SERGEANT BRETT MEALE, OF HOW­ICK PO­LICE STA­TION

It’s timely to re­mind ev­ery­one of the staffing and open­ing hours of the How­ick Com­mu­nity Po­lice Sta­tion in Fen­ci­ble Drive. The sta­tion houses my­self, and the five com­mu­nity con­sta­bles who ser­vice the greater area of Coun­ties Manukau East.

The pub­lic counter at the How­ick Com­mu­nity Po­lice Sta­tion is open on Mon­days and Thurs­days only, 8am to 4pm. Should peo­ple wish to re­port an of­fence or in­ci­dent in per­son or speak with my­self or my staff about any­thing, then these are the best times. At other times we may be work­ing from the sta­tion but are more likely to be out and about.

Should peo­ple need to speak with my­self or a com­mu­nity con­sta­ble, please call 09 261 1300 and they can be put through to our mo­bile phones.

Many re­ports and com­plaints can, and should be made, by phon­ing the Crime Re­port­ing Line (CRL) on 09 261 1300. They can also re­ceive in­for­ma­tion or up­dates for com­plaints that have al­ready been made.

If peo­ple need to re­port a mat­ter at a po­lice sta­tion, Or­mis­ton Road sta­tion is open from 8am to 4pm Mon­day to Fri­day, or al­ter­na­tively Manukau Po­lice Sta­tion is open 24 hours.

For of­fences or in­ci­dents re­quir­ing an im­me­di­ate po­lice re­sponse, peo­ple must call 111. We’ve re­cently had sev­eral in­stances of peo­ple phon­ing their com­mu­nity con­sta­ble first and this has cre­ated a de­layed re­sponse to the call.

The con­sta­ble may not be work­ing at that time or is un­able to take a call, and those ex­tra min­utes can make all the dif­fer­ence in en­sur­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse is de­ployed in a timely man­ner.

Mean­while, the an­nual Coun­ties Manukau Po­lice Pay Pa­rade is held in How­ick next Fri­day, see story on page 1.

This re­lates to an old tradition in which po­lice staff marched to the lo­cal mag­is­trate, where their at­tire was in­spected be­fore re­ceiv­ing their pay pack­ets. Thank good­ness for in­ter­net bank­ing nowa­days.

A large con­tin­gent of uni­formed po­lice, CIB de­tec­tives and po­lice em­ploy­ees will march on Pic­ton Street from 9.30am be­fore be­ing in­spected at the How­ick RSA.

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