Long­time ser­vice to town re­warded

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The po­lice, and wider Mata­mata com­mu­nity, have ben­e­fited from po­lice­men like Martin Carpin­ter and coun­sel­lors like Jo McNaughton, which is why they were re­warded for their ser­vices last Thurs­day.

Mata­mata sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said Carpin­ter’s spe­cial skills of iden­ti­fy­ing per­pe­tra­tors through crime scene anal­y­sis and pat­terns made him an es­sen­tial fig­ure to the force.

‘‘Some people like to kick down doors but they need people like Marty to iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors,’’ he said.

Carpin­ter re­ceived a long ser­vice and good char­ac­ter medal for 28 years of ser­vice to the po­lice force.

He ini­tially worked in Auck­land and moved to Mata­mata in 1997.

Coun­sel­lor McNaughton gained a district com­man­der com­men­da­tion for her work through Starfish.

The non- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion for youth was a joint project started by Mata­mata po­lice and lo­cal coun­sel­lors.

‘‘At the time we ei­ther had to lock up youth of­fend­ers or let them go; there was no mid­dle ground,’’ McGurk said.

The group works with young people who have al­ready of­fended and also tries to pre­vent crime by pro­vid­ing coun­selling, men­tor­ing, youth de­vel­op­ment and hold­ing events.

One of the high­lights of work­ing with Starfish for McNaughton was start­ing Road Rage last year.

At the event lo­cal po­lice and fire­men com­peted against each other at the youth-run street party.

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