Area com­man­der ap­pointed

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - NIGEL MOFFIET

A new police boss is in town with a fresh plan of at­tack for tack­ling crime.

In­spec­tor Dave Glossop has been ap­pointed Coun­ties Manukau South area com­man­der, mak­ing him in charge from Takanini to the Red Fox Tav­ern in Mara­marua.

Glossop has been in the new role for just over one month. Spending his time in Pa­pakura or Pukekohe is made with a sim­ple de­ci­sion ev­ery morn­ing on his way to work.

‘‘I drive out of my drive­way and say, ‘do I turn left or do I turn right to­day?’’’

Glossop has been in the police for 28 years and has spent 13 years work­ing in the south.

His last role as Coun­ties Manukau dis­trict pre­ven­tion man­ager saw him tasked with stop­ping crime be­fore it hap­pened.

His ex­pe­ri­ence iden­ti­fy­ing crime trends and com­ing up with tac­tics to solve them is now be­ing ap­plied in Pukekohe and Pa­pakura.

There were a num­ber of key strate­gies he wanted to work on, he said.

Hav­ing a stronger police pres­ence on the roads to ‘‘deny crim­i­nals the use of the roads’’ is one ap­proach.

‘‘This is not any­thing about rev­enue gath­er­ing … if we have high risk lo­ca­tions then we need to have a pres­ence and we need to be pulling over any­body who’s re­motely sus­pi­cious.’’

Glossop says he would also be mak­ing the police more vis­i­ble by in­creas­ing foot pa­trols, at­tend­ing com­mu­nity meet­ings and us­ing more marked police cars over un­marked cars.

Man­ag­ing re­peat of­fend­ers is an­other as­pect Glossop aims to fo­cus on.

As well as iden­ti­fy­ing and tar­get­ing re­peat of­fend­ers, police will be work­ing closely with com­mu­nity groups in­volved in help­ing put peo­ple on the right track, he said.

And lastly, mak­ing the town cen­tres safe and se­cure is an­other strong fo­cus. This would be achieved by foot pa­trols and as­sist­ing busi­nesses with im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal de­sign such as light­ing, he said.

‘‘Polic­ing is ac­tu­ally quite sim­ple and I re­ally want to strip it back and get back to the ba­sics and those four ar­eas are where I see we can get the best re­turn on in­vest­ment,’’ Glossop said.

‘‘That’s what the com­mu­nity ex­pects of me and that I use the resources I have as ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.’’

In­spec­tor Dave Glossop has been ap­pointed Coun­ties Manukau South area com­man­der.

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