Speak up and stop fam­ily vi­o­lence

Steve Bul­lock is the area com­man­der for Taupo po­lice, which en­com­passes Taupo, Tu­rangi, Toko­roa, Pu­taruru and Man­gakino po­lice sta­tions and ar­eas. This week he warns people to drive to the more un­pre­dictable road con­di­tions, con­grat­u­lates the people of th

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An­other month down and, as they say in the Game of Thrones, ‘‘Win­ter is com­ing’’. Nights are longer and days are shorter, for some this also means short­ness in tol­er­ance in our homes and on our roads. Sta­tis­ti­cally speak­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence and road crashes in­crease dur­ing the win­ter months and we need to be look­ing at these now and not af­ter they hap­pen.

I know the un­pre­dictable weather makes our roads more dan­ger­ous and crashes are al­most ex­clu­sively caused by driv­ers not driv­ing to the con­di­tions. Drink and speed don’t help ei­ther but I am sure you are with me in know­ing that ev­ery crash can be pre­vented. To say ‘‘ac­ci­dents hap­pen’’ is not good enough, a crash is a crash and not an ac­ci­dent.

While I am res­o­lute with crashes, I am still at a loss to un­der­stand how fam­ily vi­o­lence can con­tinue to be so highly rep­re­sented in our mod­ern so­ci­ety. These vic­tims are our fam­ily and friends, our loved ones – yet we, as a so­ci­ety, have yet to over­come this monster.

I know I bang on about it but enough is enough, speak up folks. If you love them then make an in­ter­ven­tion, words are cheap, take ac­tion. The vi­o­lence won’t stop un­til you do, and if you don’t, the vi­o­lence will es­ca­late, that’s how sim­ple it is. If you know it is hap­pen­ing now then do some­thing, to­mor­row will be too late.

A month or two ago I talked about crooks who do not work but have all the money and flash toys and of the need for our com­mu­nity to speak up. Well a huge thanks to those of you who did. Last month we ex­e­cuted a num­ber of war­rants and at one lo­cated deal­ing quan­ti­ties of metham­phetamine and over $17,000 in cash.

This ad­dress had more toys than Santa’s work­shop. Mo­tor­bikes (road and off-road), elec­tric bi­cy­cles, gen­er­a­tors, chain­saws, ev­ery elec­tri­cal tool imag­in­able and some unimag­in­able, a work­shop full of hand tools, power tools and giz­mos, un­be­liev­able, trust me this place had it all. Other ad­dresses saw the lo­ca­tion of large amounts of cannabis and cash, once again our thanks go to those who spoke up.

While we have been out polic­ing the il­le­gal drug trade I note that the South Waikato Com­mu­nity has once again ral­lied to protest about the le­gal drug trade, yes I am talk­ing about the syn­thet­ics.

A lot of people ask what are the po­lice do­ing about it? Surely they should be do­ing some­thing? Let me tell you straight from the horse’s mouth that the sale of psy­choac­tive sub­stances from the R18 shop in Toko­roa is be­ing po­liced to the very best of our abil­ity within the con­fines of the present law.

The fact is that this ac­tiv­ity is le­gal at present and while the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion is be­ing re­viewed and reg­u­la­tions put in place we have no choice but to up­hold the law.

I know that these sub­stances cause grief, mis­ery and harm in our com­mu­nity and I ask each and ev­ery one of you who have a story to tell to tell that story, and more im­por­tantly to name the ac­tual sub­stance.

Tell it to us or tell it to the health providers. Re­mem­ber see some­thing, say some­thing.

I guess some of you are won­der­ing how my roar went this year so here goes. I know where lots of stags live but none of them wanted to in­vite me in. Ac­tu­ally they called me in only to shut up shop when I got close. The only thing I did see was a poi­soned pos­sum which I quickly put out of its mis­ery.

While do­ing the hu­mane thing, I think it also helped with my mis­ery of not see­ing any stags. Sorry, the other thing I saw was a poacher’s ve­hi­cle and he will soon be tres­passed and have his firearms li­cence re­viewed. On the poacher front I can tell you that it is bloody scary sit­ting in the bush at low light when you hear a dog yap im­me­di­ately af­ter a roar that sounded un-mis­tak­enly hu­man. Straight away I thought dog, poacher, low light, move­ment, what if I move? Will this id­iot shoot at move­ment? How far away is he? Let me tell you that the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing the hunted and not the hunter is not for me. I waited un­til to­tal dark­ness then turned on a torch be­fore mov­ing out. Some may say, or think chicken, but hey I am still here and as I al­ways say – bet­ter safe than sorry.

Be safe, drive safe and feel safe al­ways.

Steve Bul­lock

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