New of­fi­cer in charge of sta­tion

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Sergeant Daniel Peat is the new of­fi­cer in charge of the Putaruru Po­lice Sta­tion.

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