Veteran of­fi­cer lov­ing new role

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Paul Basham can count on lessons learnt in South Auck­land, Welling­ton, Wairarapa and Hol­land to suc­ceed in his new role.

The area com­man­der for the Kapiti-Mana po­lice district took over from John Price this month, with Mr Price to head the New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege.

Mr Basham joined the po­lice as an 18-year-old and spent his first 13 years in blue in his home patch in South Auck­land. The ma­jor­ity of the past 15 years have been spent in the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch, aside from a five-year stint based in Hol­land as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Tri­bunal for the former Yu­goslavia.

Although he held roles at po­lice na­tional head­quar­ters and was in charge of Welling­ton’s CIB, it was a year-long sec­ond­ment to the Wairarapa as act­ing area com­man­der in 2011 that gave him a taste for the job he has now.

Mr Basham echoes his pre­de­ces­sors in nam­ing the key is­sues fac­ing po­lice from Lin­den to Peka Peka.

‘‘We’ve got a very di­verse de­mo­graphic in terms of age groups and dif­fer­ent crime af­fects dif­fer­ent parts. With a heli­copter view, we have fam­ily vi­o­lence, youth, al­co­hol, or­gan­ised crime and drugs, and road polic­ing.

‘‘All of th­ese are very rel­e­vant and the com­mu­nity can ex­pect me to be ro­bust when it comes to our tac­tics tack­ling th­ese.’’

Mr Basham says he can al­ready sense the ‘‘ strong sense of com­mu­nity’’ in Kapiti-Mana, ex­em­pli­fied by the po­lice staff.

As part of a ‘‘ preven­tion first’’ strat­egy, he has a tar­get to re­duce crime by 13 per cent in the next 12 months.

Hot seat: De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Paul Basham brings a wealth of op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to his new role as Kapi­tiMana Po­lice’s new area com­man­der.

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