Make the most of life

Steve Bul­lock is the area com­man­der for Taupo po­lice, which en­com­passes Taupo, Tu­rangi, Toko­roa, Pu­taruru and Man­gakino po­lice sta­tions and ar­eas. This month he talks about how im­por­tant it is to make the most of the time we have. Young driv­ers learn abou

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

As I re­cover from three weeks of the Man-flu I am re­minded of just how great it is to be alive and liv­ing in the South Waikato. With the Grim Reaper knock­ing on your door you take time out to re­flect on life and more im­por­tantly what is im­por­tant and what is not. The sud­den death of big Jerry Collins is also a stark re­minder of how quickly our jour­ney can end and how im­por­tant it is to live while we are liv­ing.

For me what is most im­por­tant is that we are all safe and feel safe, in our homes, com­mu­ni­ties, and on our roads. While we in po­lice do our very best here day in and day out, it is the com­mu­nity that makes the real dif­fer­ence. Back in 1829 the founder of mod­ern day polic­ing, Sir Robert Peel of the Lon­don Metropoli­tan Po­lice, stated ‘‘the peo­ple are the po­lice and the po­lice are the peo­ple’’. He spoke of ‘‘ polic­ing by con­sent’’ which means that we are only able to do our job when we have the sup­port of our com­mu­nity. He was right then and he is right now, we are united, one and the same. Next time you ask what are the po­lice do­ing about it can I ask you to con­sider what you are do­ing about it and what it is that you want us to do? We all have a role to play es­pe­cially so in terms of preven­tion.

It’s funny how when you are low you think about how you got there, could I have pre­vented be­ing sick? Who gave it to me? Maybe if I was fit­ter and health­ier I would not be feel­ing this bad. I am now signed up for the eight- week chal­lenge with Fight­ing Fit and let me tell you that af­ter the first night I thought I had in­deed died. While I strug­gle to re­gain my fit­ness and lose the pounds fa­ther time has given me over the years, I am re­minded of the need for main­te­nance. No point in go­ing all out for a short pe­riod of time and then go­ing back to the fridge and couch pro­gramme. It is the same for crime and crime preven­tion, no point in lock­ing up a baddy and then for­get­ting about him or her. I can tell you that at the mo­ment we have a num­ber of se­rial of­fend­ers ac­tive in our com­mu­nity, we catch them, they are re­leased from jail and they con­tinue their merry way. One of them walks into busi­ness yards day or night look­ing for some­thing that is not bolted down, he then pinches it, what­ever it is. Like I said last month if you see some rooster in your yard that does not be­long there, call po­lice. If you don’t he will be steal­ing from you, no ifs, buts or maybes. Crooks like this never change and we need to be watch­ing them, at all times.

My thumbs up this month goes to one of the young doc­tors at Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal. With high fever, in­creased heart beat and strug­gling to breathe I was taken to the emer­gency sec­tion on a Mon­day night. Af­ter a se­ries of rou­tine checks the Doc told me, in nice terms, to har­den up and ‘‘guts it’’ out. He re­fused to give me an­tibi­otics or any drugs say­ing that the best re­sults would come if I healed nat­u­rally. In a world where we have pills for ev­ery­thing, ex­cuses for ev­ery­thing and we worry about ev­ery­thing, he gave me back some per­spec­tive. Get on with it, life’s short. Thanks Doc. My thumbs down goes to the mon­grels who are steal­ing chain­saws from ru­ral prop­er­ties and off the back of utes. Se­ri­ously, there is noth­ing lower than steal­ing a man’s chain­saw, noth­ing at all, not even the man­flu. South Waikato stu­dents were shown the harsh re­al­i­ties of driv­ing reck­lessly at this year’s Young Driv­ers Expo.

In its fourth year, the expo was or­gan­ised by the dis­trict coun­cil which hosted more than 200 high school stu­dents over two days.

St John, Toko­roa Fire Brigade and po­lice at­tended with in­for­ma­tive dis­plays at the South Waikato Sports and Events Cen­tre.

Coun­cil road safety co-or­di­na­tor Robert Cathie be­lieved the mes­sages were ef­fec­tive be­cause of the in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘This is the most ef­fec­tive thing in get­ting the mes­sage across.’’

One in par­tic­u­lar was the ‘‘beer gog­gles’’ where the stu­dents had to walk in straight line, throw balls into a bucket and do a child’s puz­zle with blurry vi­sion.

The stu­dents also lis­tened to the first- hand ex­pe­ri­ence from Jade Beale who was in an ac­ci­dent out­side Ti­rau in De­cem­ber 2011.

The ac­ci­dent was caused by a woman who was tex­ting and driv­ing and un­for­tu­nately died.

Toko­roa fire­fight­ers demon­strated how they would cut some­one out of a car with spe­cialised equip­ment.

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