New commander takes charge
Superintendent Jill Rogers admits she’s got two big legacies to follow.
The new district commander for Counties Manukau Police is nearly a month into her new role in the bustling region that spreads from Otahuhu and Howick down to Port Waikato.
Two of her predecessors have gone on to influential roles within police - Mike Bush later became commissioner and her immediate predecessor, John Tims, is now an assistant commissioner.
Tims had been in the commander’s role for six years. Rogers says she hopes to continue overseeing the district’s reputation for trying out new things.
‘‘Counties Manukau is renowned for its innovation and being ahead of the game,’’ she says.
‘‘Assistant Commissioner Tims challenged people a lot to find better ways of working - staff are used to coming up with new ideas.’’
The public’s interactions with police as well as burglaries and vehicle crime are at the top of her priority list.
Rogers says the district has to contend with growing population and changes in demand for police resources. Part of that has involved changing the ways in which operate areas.
‘‘Some communities have higher demand, we have to be flexible... staff are more mobile in response to where we need to be,’’ Rogers says.
Change is something the district has always been part of. The district’s new family harm programme Whangaia Nga Pa community constables - controversial in some Harakeke will be used in the rest of Auckland, starting with Waitemata Police. What began as a pilot programme is now totally in place with police resources juggled into it.
It’s Rogers’ first time working in Counties Manukau. She’s divided her time between Auckland’s two other police districts in her 24-year career.
Most of that time has been in the criminal investigation branch investigating serious crime, much of that time with Avondale police.
That involved working on homicide cases as well as a Korean exorcism case in 2001.
Rogers later moved over to Waitakere where she was involved in the case of Aisling Symes, the two-year-old girl found drowned in a west Auckland drainpipe in 2009.
Superintendent Jill Rogers is following in the footsteps of two influential commanders.