New officer in charge of station
There may be a new officer in charge of the Putaruru Police Station but he’s certainly not new to the South Waikato District.
Sergeant Daniel Peat, who many will recognise through his 18 years at the Tokoroa Police Station and 9 years of road policing, is the new officer in charge at the Putaruru Police Station in Kensington St.
He has taken over from Sergeant Jason Shailer was oversaw the station for 10 years and who retired from the police force last month to take up a position as a youth coordinator in Wanganui.
Peat said he was excited about his new role at the station.
‘‘I’ve been working in Tokoroa for 18 years so I know the area well and have spent a lot of time in Putaruru,’’ he said.
‘‘I am still trying to get my feet under the desk but it is a good little town and it is a role I have been interested in for five or six years. I was always going to apply for it when it came up so when Jason resigned I jumped at the chance.’’
He said he has a few things he would like to focus on with the new role.
‘‘The main thing is I want to be more community based and involved more in the community than I have been with road policing,’’ he said.
‘‘With that role I covered down to the Desert Rd so it was a huge area and I was roaming a lot but here I am more grounded. It’s the total opposite but it is a good change.’’
Peat said the support he has received so far has been encouraging.
‘‘I’m still getting to know everyone but there has been some really good support so far and there are some good things in existence here,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a nice little town and i’m looking forward to the challenge of this role. I really like it here.’’
Before he left Shailer, who started his 20 years in the police force at the Tokoroa Police Station, left some words of advice for whoever was to replace him.
‘‘You have got to get involved. Be part of sports clubs, be part of schools,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a good place to live and a great place to work. It’s the small town stuff, we look after each other and it’s a bloody good community.’’
Peat, who started working at the station shortly before Shailer finished to make the transition easier, said he was already seeing that. Burglaries We had eight burglaries which included two trailers being stolen from addresses in the area.
People need to be aware of security as a lot of burglaries have taken place at insecure properties.
The main areas of concern at the moment are in the Aotea Cres, Tainui St and Arawa Cres areas. While we do see a few daytime burglaries the majority of burglaries are taking place at night.
We have also had reports of suspicious activity around the Old Taupo Rd and Lichfield area where a vehicle has been seen driving slowly.
If anyone sees any suspicious activity please call the police straight away. We would rather attended something that turns out to be nothing than have to deal with another burglary. Shoplifting We have had a fair bit of shoplifting recently.
Two offenders from the hamilton are who were caught on CCTV shoplifting at local pharmacies have been apprehended in Hamilton. They have been charged with six cases of shoplifting with the majority taking place in Putaruru.
We also had another couple of offenders who had been trespassed from a premises they have then gone and shoplifted at. They have been charged with burglary as a result which is a far more serious crime. Drink driving The roads have been very good lately but we did stop for people for drink driving.
They included a 43-year- old from Matamata, and a 46-yearold, 18-year-old, and 61-year-old who were all from Tokoroa.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson
Sergeant Daniel Peat is the new officer in charge of the Putaruru Police Station.