Po­lice fo­cus on front line

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

Backup ar­rived for Porirua po­lice last month when se­nior sergeant Donna Rider took up her role as the city’s new po­lice re­sponse man­ager.

A 20-year vet­eran of the force, 46-year-old Ms Rider said she was fo­cused on fur­ther re­duc­ing crime in the area.

‘‘ My job is about sup­port­ing uni­formed staff so they can get out on the street where they need to be,’’ she said.

Kapiti-Mana crime rates were the low­est per head of pop­u­la­tion in the re­gion and Ms Ry­der wanted to re­duce them fur­ther, she said.

‘‘It is great to get to know another com­mu­nity in the Wellington dis- trict,’’ she said. ‘‘It is a very di­verse com­mu­nity and I have found it to be very friendly.

‘‘Just walk­ing around peo­ple say ‘hi’ and wave, and that is great.’’

Ms Rider’s role was cre­ated af­ter a re­gional re­struc­ture to fo­cus on front­line of­fi­cers and crime preven­tion, she said.

She has pre­vi­ously worked as a shift com­man­der in the Hutt Val­ley, and as a po­lice ne­go­tia­tor.

‘‘It is a hugely varied job and that’s why I love it.

‘‘I joined the po­lice be­cause I hated see­ing peo­ple be­come the vic­tims of crime and wanted to stop it.’’

Ms Ry­der still lives in the Hutt Val­ley. This is her first role based in Porirua.

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