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South Waikato News is pleased to an­nounce a new colum­nist to our ranks.

Taupo Area Com­man­der Steve Bul­lock will give a monthly up­date on po­lice news across our district. By way of in­tro­duc­tion I am Steve Bul­lock, the area com­man­der for the Taupo Po­lice which en­com­passes the Taupo and South Waikato District Coun­cils. This in­cludes the Taupo, Tu­rangi, Toko­roa, Pu­taruru and Man­gakino po­lice sta­tions and ar­eas. I am a lo­cal boy hav­ing grown up in Man­gakino and moved to the big smoke of Toko­roa in 1990. Shortly af­ter that I joined the po­lice and de­spite work­ing for pe­ri­ods in Ro­torua and Whakatane have never left Toko­roa.

I kind of like the small town en­vi­ron­ment where you know who is who but not their busi­ness, for me it’s home.

Christ­mas means dif­fer­ent things for dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but I am sure you will all agree it is a time to en­joy fam­ily, friends and the fes­tive spirit. For most of us this is a spe­cial time, a time to un­wind and take in the fes­tiv­i­ties, a time to give and share. Un­for­tu­nately for oth­ers it is a time of tak­ing rather than giv­ing and it is this mi­nor­ity that will keep us busy again this Christ­mas. Th­ese guys and girls are the ones who are help­ing them­selves to our hard­earned prop­erty and im­pos­ing their will on oth­ers, of­ten their own fam­ily with the gra­tu­itous use of vi­o­lence.

If you see or know of any­one who fits this cat­e­gory let us know or con­fi­den­tially on Crimesto- ppers.

Be­fore I go I would like to share some of the suc­cesses our staff and com­mu­ni­ties have en­joyed this year. At the time of writ­ing we have had only nine fa­tal­i­ties on our roads from six crashes this year.

While each and ev­ery loss of life is a tragedy this num­ber is less than a third of what it was this time three years ago.

Our area crime is down more than 10 per cent and the ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to this are Pu­taruru (over 30 per cent) and Toko­roa (over 14 per cent).

Th­ese re­sults do not come as a sur­prise, they come as a re­sult of a whole lot of hard work by the boys and girls in blue who are sup­ported and em­pow­ered by their com­mu­ni­ties. Safer Com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

I wish ev­ery­one a Merry Christ­mas and an en­joy­able fes­tive sea­son. Drive safe and be safe, al­ways.


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