Death in­spires po­lice job

North Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

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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