Rookie back as new boss
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.