Meet the cops in Kawakawa at an af­ter­noon ses­sion

The Northland Age - - Local News - By Peter de Graaf

Kawakawa’s po­lice are invit­ing the pub­lic to a ‘meet and greet’ at the sta­tion to­mor­row, start­ing at 4pm, and Act­ing Sergeant Mark Bar­ratt is hop­ing for a good re­sponse.

The event

is billed as a chance for Kawakawa and Mo­erewa res­i­dents to meet their lo­cal cops, but it is also aimed at show­ing that the sta­tion is back up to full strength af­ter some years of low staffing.

Mr Bar­ratt said he hoped the event would “build con­fi­dence in the com­mu­nity,” fol­low­ing the ad­vent of 24/7 polic­ing in the Mid North (shared be­tween Kaikohe, Kerik­eri and Kawakawa).

Staff cur­rently based in Kawakawa in­cluded a se­nior sergeant, act­ing sergeant, youth of­fi­cer, six con­sta­bles and com­mu­nity con­sta­ble. A per­ma­nent sergeant was to be ap­pointed.

“It’s the first time in a long time we’ve had a full team here, and we want peo­ple to have an op­por­tu­nity to come along and meet the po­lice who are work­ing out of the sta­tion,” he added.

The Kawakawa Fire Brigade, St John, and the town’s newly es­tab­lished com­mu­nity pa­trol would be there, and Mr Bar­ratt hoped for a po­lice dog as well.

Other at­trac­tions would in­clude a free sausage siz­zle and give­aways for kids.

The sta­tion’s front counter would start open­ing again dur­ing busi­ness hours when of­fi­cers were in the sta­tion.

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