New com­man­der takes charge

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JARRED WIL­LIAMSON

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.

JARRED WIL­LIAMSON / STUFF

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jill Rogers is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of two in­flu­en­tial com­man­ders.

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