Death inspires police job
Inspector Andrew Mortimore’s police career was born out of tragedy.
After 16 years on the beat, the recently ranked inspector this month returns to his roots as the new Western Area Commander.
It’s not a role he thought he’d land at the age of 38, though it’s been his aim since joining the police in 2002.
‘‘Waikato West has always held a special place for me, so I always had that desire to return and contribute to this area of the district.’’
Mortimore, a father of three, has strong connections to the district, having moved to Te Kuiti when he was six months old.
He spent his younger years in the rural south before attending boarding school in Hamilton where he thrived on hockey and athletics.
In 1998, he spent a year working at a 400-year-old school in a small hamlet on the northern side of London.
It gave him a chance to travel and learn some life skills.
Upon his return, he embarked on a bachelor degree in sports and exercise science.
At the time, policing was in the back of his mind, waiting for the right timing.
That time came in late 2000, during his second year at polytech.
It’s also when tragedy struck.
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