New in­spec­tor in town

North Waikato News - - OUT & ABOUT - FROM PAGE 1

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.

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