Po­lice HQ moves west

Rodney Times - - HEALTH - TORIKA TOKALAU

West Auck­land has been iden­ti­fied as the big­gest risk area for crime in the Waitem­ata¯ Po­lice Dis­trict. 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.

In a bid to curb crime, Penny was haul­ing her en­tire lead­er­ship team to Hen­der­son from Jan­uary 2018. The head­quar­ters was in the North Shore since 1999, but Waita¯ kere was now con­sid­ered the big­gest risk, Penny said.

‘‘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. The ex­act num­ber of po­lice staff re­lo­cat­ing to Hen­der­son was yet to be de­ter­mined. ‘‘The lead­er­ship team and my­self are re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic about this de­ci­sion as it will en­able us to have a greater pres­ence across the dis­trict.’’

There would still be a dis­trict lead­er­ship team hub at the North Shore Po­lice sta­tion.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Tusha Penny said West Auck­land de­manded their at­ten­tion.

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