New inspector in town
One of his close mates went missing.
Police launched an investigation. His body was later found in the Waikato River near Huntly.
The loss was raw for the 21-yearold student, but the compassion officers showed to family and friends propelled him into the force.
By November 2001, Mortimore was unpacking his bags at the Royal NZ Police College.
Nineteen weeks on and he was finding his feet on the Huntly beat.
Huntly was always one of his favourite postings and is now where he will be based in his area commander role.
But the north Waikato town cer- tainly has its challenges - youth crime, burglaries and family violence.
Tackling and managing the ‘‘volume crime’’ - burglaries and thefts - that make up 55 per cent of the region’s crime rate will be a challenge, he says. People will be his focus. He wants to support his own police staff and work with communities and partner agencies to make sustainable changes that cater for the diversity of the region’s towns.
What works in Huntly might not work in Cambridge.
Finding the right staff for the right job and helping officers with their professional development will also be a priority.
Inspector Andrew Mortimore.