New tech­nol­ogy for po­lice makes crooks feel un­safe

Steve Bul­lock is the area com­man­der for the Taupo po­lice, which en­com­passes Taupo, Tu­rangi, Toko­roa, Pu­taruru and Man­gakino po­lice sta­tions and ar­eas. Ev­ery month Steve will give South Waikato News read­ers up­dates on what is hap­pen­ing in the dis­trict. NO

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What a crazy last few months we have had, topped off by the State High­way 1 in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a woman be­ing dragged be­hind a car. We have had fa­tal crashes, vi­o­lence and now a num­ber of sus­pi­cious fires. A very busy time for us all and at a time where we, as in all po­lice of­fices, have been given iPads and iPhones. Wow, th­ese things are great, even for a di­nosaur like me. I will be hon­est in say­ing that I am more com­fort­able with a ham­mer, a chisel and a tablet of rock than one of th­ese things but they say to do some­thing ev­ery day that fright­ens you, for me it will be us­ing tech­nol­ogy.

No se­ri­ously, the in­tro­duc­tion of tech­nol­ogy to po­lice as part of the national mo­bil­ity pro­ject is a fan­tas­tic leap for­ward in terms of ser­vice de­liv­ery to our com­mu­ni­ties and the safety of our staff. Of­fi­cers can now ac­cess in­for­ma­tion and com­plete cor­re­spon­dence at the road­side, or any­where rather than hav­ing to re­turn to the sta­tion. This means they will be in our com­mu­ni­ties for longer en­sur­ing we feel and are safe, and crooks are un­safe – that has to be a good thing.

While I am on about good things I have to talk about how proud it was to see both the Toko­roa and Pu­taruru com­mu­ni­ties stand­ing up against syn­thetic cannabi­noids such as Kronic, K2 etc.

His­tory is filled with quotes from great lead­ers and many of them re­late to this very sce­nario. While Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill is not yet re­signed to his­tory I know that he refers to a quote that says some­thing along the lines of crime not be­ing able to sur­vive when good men and woman stand up against it.

See­ing our peo­ple wav­ing plac­ards and be­ing vo­cal out­side dairies still sell­ing those poi­sons was awe­some, the mes­sage was very clear that we have had enough. While the govern­ment can leg­is­late against ‘‘dairy dak’’ and rely on us to po­lice it, in terms of preven­tion it is ex­actly this kind of pres­sure that stops the ac­tiv­ity.

The other thing that has been on my mind this month has been win­ter sport; more im­por­tantly spec­ta­tor and player be­hav­iour on and off the field or court. While the whole drink driv­ing mes­sage is so en­trenched, we still have id­iots who put them­selves and their friends in se­ri­ous dan­ger af­ter the game. If you see th­ese clowns stand up and speak up, if that doesn’t work call us. Life is too short. The other dan­ger with sport is in los­ing our cool. We have all had that ‘oh ref’ mo­ment, or the de­sire to right some per­ceived wrong, but un­for­tu­nately there are those who take things too far, los­ing their cool, em­bar­rass­ing them­selves and re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence. Play hard, play fair but most of all re­spect each other and the game.

Un­til next month be safe, feel safe and play safe.

Steve Bul­lock

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