Constables aiming to engage and assist
Howick Police Station has seen two new community constables hit the beat recently.
Constable Brandon McCarthy is assigned to the Ormiston/Flat Bush area, while Stanley Tung is in Pakuranga.
Both are looking forward to engaging with their communities and offering help where they can.
Being a policeman for nearly 16 years, McCarthy has worked in Otahuhu, Papakura and Auckland city, and spent the past eight years dealing with domestic violence, from Counties Manukau East Police headquarters in Ormiston Road.
The new role is ‘‘similar but broader’’, allowing them to spend more time with people, whether it’s business owners or young kids at school, McCarthy says.
He’s been busy getting to know locals and keeping an eye on what’s happening in the community during his first month in the position, and finds the knowledge, experience and contacts he accumulated from previous roles helpful.
‘‘It’s quite diverse, which is good. That’s why I like it. It’s not always the same,’’ he says.
‘‘I enjoy getting out there and dealing with the community and making sure it’s safe.’’
Originally from Hong Kong, Tung speaks Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese besides English, which helps him communicate effectively with more people.
Tung joined the police four years ago and has always been a front-line officer, serving previous stints from Ormiston and in Manurewa.
Tung has also been spending time meeting the public and is trying to adapt to the ‘‘different style of policing’’ of ‘‘being the face of the police in the community’’.
‘‘I still have the mindset of a front-line cop, so my brain is still ticking rather quick,’’ he says, with a smile.
‘‘It’s going to take me a while to relax, but that’s a good thing, because that will teach me how to engage with the public properly. That’s the most important aspect.’’
The constables are reminding people to be mindful of protecting themselves and reporting crimes.
‘‘If people don’t tell us, we don’t know. We can help only if you can tell us,’’ Tung says.
Dial 111 for emergencies; the crime reporting free phone line is 0800 115 019, or free call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report a crime anonymously.
New East Auckland community constables Stanley Tung and Brandon McCarthy are enjoying working with the community.