Rookie back as new boss

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

Graeme Hill started his po­lice ca­reer in Toko­roa and now, 10 years on, the com­mu­nity-minded cop is at the helm of the sta­tion in the se­nior sergeant role.

Mr Hill de­scribes his ap­point­ment as a ‘‘hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence’’ and is adamant he is in it for the long haul.

‘‘I have as­pired to be in this po­si­tion for three years. . . Toko­roa is a great place, a great com­mu­nity that has a rep­u­ta­tion it doesn’t de­serve,’’ he said.

Orig­i­nally from Ro­torua and of Ngai Tahu de­scent, Mr Hill be­gan his po­lice ca­reer in Toko­roa be­fore work­ing at var­i­ous sta­tions in the Bay of Plenty.

He was also ap­pointed as an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tor in the Solo- mon Is­lands. Mr Hill re­turned to Toko­roa in April as a sergeant and was pro­moted to the se­nior po­si­tion two weeks ago.

When asked if he had any changes he would like to see im­ple­mented in the town, Mr Hill said ed­u­ca­tion is cru­cial.

‘‘We need to work on al­co­hol is­sues. We need to fo­cus on why so many peo­ple are abus­ing it and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the ef­fects.

‘‘ We are also look­ing at or­gan­ised crime in the district. This isn’t a prob­lem just for po­lice, it’s a com­mu­nity is­sue we all need to look at,’’ he said.

Mr Hill said he had a vi­sion for the town.‘‘I would like to have a com­mu­nity where kids can walk down the street with­out be­ing bul­lied or as­saulted for wear­ing the wrong coloured shirt.’’

SE­NIOR SERGEANT: Graeme Hill has been ap­pointed of­fi­cer in charge of the Toko­roa Po­lice Sta­tion.

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