Police focus on front line
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.