Sum­mer of re­as­sur­ance is planned

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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