Police HQ goes west next year
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.
Henderson Police Station will be the new Waitemata¯ Police District headquarters.