With a nationwide drive for more women to join the police it was only a matter of time before the results were seen here.
In the past month Tokoroa police station has welcomed three new female officers and has boosted police numbers in the South Waikato.
Constable Katharine Lemme was raised in Tokoroa and knew this was where she wanted to come back to after her recent graduation from police college.
‘‘I grew up here and I like this community. I want to help make it a safe place.’’ After five years in Hamilton, followed by a six-month stint in Otara, Constable Lania Day has come to Tokoroa where she can be close to family and get to know the people in the community better.
Miss Day said she loved being in Tokoroa and believed female officers brought something different to the table from their male counterparts.
‘‘ I think we give a calmer influence in dealing with different situations,’’ she said, ‘‘and some people prefer to talk with female officers.’’ Constable Sheryl Fitzgerald is the most experienced of the three with over six years on the force and is happy to be promoting female officers.
‘‘It gives us a chance to be positive role models for girls and show them that this is not just a man’s job.’’ Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill is happy to welcome the women and believes there are many benefits to getting more female officers.
‘‘ It’s enhancing our policing capability as we previously didn’t have as many females on staff,’’ he said.
ON THE BEAT: New Tokoroa police officers are excited to be working in a small community. From left: Lania Day, Sheryl Fitzgerald and Katharine Lemme.
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