Summer of reassurance is planned
The Bay of Plenty summer policing period will focus on making people feel safe in public and at home over summer.
The South Waikato District and Mangakino are part of the Bay of Plenty policing district.
The summer policing period started on Labour Weekend and runs until Waitangi Day.
District operations manager police inspector Scott Fraser said: ‘‘this is a busy time of year for us, however the summer period has now become business as usual for police.
‘‘We know we are going to be busy, we plan for it and we have the people and resources in place to manage it and to achieve our goal of ensuring people feel safe.
‘‘Our goal during this period is twofold,’’ he said.
‘‘We want people to enjoy a safe summer, wherever they are, as well as to do everything we can to reduce the amount of crime and vehicle crashes in our district during this period.’’
‘‘This means being highly visible on the roads, in town and at the lakes and beaches.’’
He said police are just one part of the picture when it comes to making summer in the Bay of Plenty a success.
‘‘All year round we work alongside a number of different community partners and these partnerships are particularly important over summer.
‘‘This includes partnering with councils and their events teams, health organisations and district health boards, other emergency services, community groups, iwi and volunteers.’’
Mr Fraser said everyone has a role to play in keeping themselves safe this summer.
Nearly every town and city in New Zealand now has liquor bans in place in popular areas and our district is no different.
These are specifically designed so that everyone can enjoy the best parts of the Bay.
If you’re visiting our region, make sure you know where the liquor bans are because being from out of town is no excuse Mr Fraser said.
Council websites contain infor- mation about liquor bans and Mr Fraser’s advice is to get informed before going on holiday or out for the night.
‘‘ We have a low tolerance approach to breach of liquor bans and we will take some form of positive action, be it a warning, confiscation or arrest.’’ he said.
Inspector Fraser said Family Violence and road policing will also be key focus areas over the summer period.
‘‘The Bay of Plenty is a safe and friendly place to celebrate summer and the festive season for everyone and we’re doing our bit to make that happen,’’ he said.