Big job for new youth officer
New Tokoroa Police Youth Aid officer, senior constable Andrew Munro (AJ) knows he has a big job on his hands.
As the former Tokoroa police family violence coordinator Munro, who has served all of the 14 years he has been with the New Zealand Police working in the Taupo Policing Area, also knows first hand what many kids face.
‘‘There are so many kids who have not got a great lot of parental support which often leads to other problems,’’ he said.
‘‘Truancy is a big issue for the Tokoroa community, it is a problem we are facing, and that is something I will be focusing on.’’
Munro, who is also the club captain of the Mangakino Golf Club, said keeping kids in the education system was essential to keeping them out of the court system.
‘‘It’s my goal to keep young people in the educational system while also understanding their personal circumstances and also keep our young people out of the court system through early intervention by identify those at risk,’’ he said.
He said he hopes to achieve that by working closely with service and education groups that work with youth.
‘‘I am already aware of those at risk through my previous role as the family violence officer and now by connecting with our schools and service groups, young persons who are in need of intervention come to my attention,’’ he said.
‘‘There are so many kids who have not got a great lot of parental support which often leads to other problems.’’
‘‘The big thing is building trust so young people realise there are trusted people in our community who are there to help with whatever burden, problem or issue they may be facing.’’
‘‘I have a passion for helping people and although they might not trust me today by interacting with them in the coming weeks, hopefully they will go ‘OK’.’’
‘‘I am very persistent so if I say i am going to do something I will do it and i will keep going back until i get a result,’’ he said.
Munro, who grew up in the South Waikato and who was a farmer before joining the police, said he’s always available at the station for youth if they want to talk.
Senior constable Andrew (AJ) Munro is the new Tokoroa Police youth aid officer.