Con­sta­bles aim­ing to en­gage and as­sist

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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.

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