Po­lice HQ goes west next year

North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU

West Auck­land has been iden­ti­fied as the big­gest risk area for crime in the Waitem­ata¯ Po­lice Dis­trict, which is mov­ing its HQ from the North Shore.

Dis­trict com­man­der Tusha Penny said a large pro­por­tion of po­lice de­mand came from the Waita¯ kere re­gion.

The lat­est crime data re­vealed there had been a 22 per cent rise in ag­gra­vated rob­beries in West Auck­land for the year end­ing Au­gust, with 156 armed rob­beries, 28 more than 2016.

In a bid to curb crime, Penny was haul­ing her en­tire lead­er­ship team to Hen­der­son from Jan­uary 2018.

The head­quar­ters has been on the North Shore since 1999, but Waita¯ kere was now con­sid­ered the big­gest risk, Penny said.

The re­lo­ca­tion was the start of some­thing dif­fer­ent for po­lice where she was en­cour­ag­ing po­lice to be more invested in the com­mu­nity and just work­ing from be­hind a desk.

‘‘The wel­fare and safety of our com­mu­nity will al­ways be the num­ber one pri­or­ity for our team,’’ she said.

‘‘We are fo­cused on ev­i­dence-based polic­ing, and for us to ef­fec­tively po­lice across the dis­trict, it’s im­por­tant for us to lead from the front and have a sig­nif­i­cant lead­er­ship pres­ence where a large pro­por­tion of our de­mand comes from.’’

The de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate was unan­i­mous, she said.

At the Waitem­ata¯ Po­lice Di­wali cel­e­bra­tion in Hen­der­son on Oc­to­ber 20, Penny said she had asked her team where they needed to be and West Auck­land was men­tioned within min­utes.

It was the best point of pres­ence, where po­lice needed to be lead­ing from ev­ery day and the big­gest risk area in the dis­trict and where more work was needed, she said.

The ex­act num­ber of po­lice staff re­lo­cat­ing to Hen­der­son was yet to be de­ter­mined, but it would af­fect staff from the dis­trict lead­er­ship team.

‘‘The lead­er­ship team and my­self are re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic about this de­ci­sion as it will en­able us to have a greater pres­ence across the dis­trict.’’

The dis­trict lead­er­ship team would con­tinue to have a hub at the North Shore Po­lice sta­tion.

Ren­ders of the planned res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment above and around Mil­ford’s bou­tique shop­ping mall.

TORIKA TOKALAU/STUFF

Hen­der­son Po­lice Sta­tion will be the new Waitem­ata¯ Po­lice Dis­trict head­quar­ters.

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