The chang­ing na­ture of polic­ing


When ap­proached and asked whether we could pen some­thing ev­ery month on be­half of those who work for in the com­mu­nity en­sur­ing your safety, I read­ily ac­cepted the chal­lenge.

I thought I would start by point­ing out a few changes that have oc­curred with our staffing re­sources.

Those who fol­low the Timaru Her­ald will have seen a num­ber of new staff photos ap­pear­ing from time to time.

Dur­ing 2017 there will be an un­prece­dented num­ber of new faces within our ranks.

This in­cludes new Con­sta­bles who have com­pleted ba­sic train­ing at the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege and also oth­ers who have de­cided, quite cor­rectly, that South Can­ter­bury is in­deed the best place in New Zealand to live!

This year we have had Con­sta­ble Rick Peters, Paul Verge, Will Turn­bull, Sarah McLeod, James MacDon­ald, Richard O’Con­ner, Kane Whitely, Ja­son Ford, Todd Bates and Christie Wood start their polic­ing ca­reers in Timaru.

In Jan­uary they will be joined by four oth­ers but more on them at a later date.

This is the largest group of new staff in a sin­gle year.

On top of those num­bers, re­cent ap­point­ments of Con­sta­bles Mathews and Aitkens (Wai­mate) Aldridge (Te­muka) and Fran­cis (Twizel) have filled some gaps in the ru­ral re­sponse teams.

I stress upon all of them the value of liv­ing and polic­ing in our com­mu­nity.

South Can­ter­bury is a rel­a­tively peace­ful place which al­ways sup­ports it po­lice of­fi­cers.

They are en­cour­aged to join sports clubs, ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions and other com­mu­nity groups. Please make them wel­come. Many are from other cen­tres in the coun­try and we want them ei­ther to stay, or if they de­cide in due course to move on, then take fond mem­o­ries away from here.

Fi­nally, re­mem­ber that we will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to keep you all safe from harm.

How­ever with the best will in the world we can’t be ev­ery­where all the time, so some re­spon­si­bil­ity sits with each and every­one to take sen­si­ble pre­cau­tions and safety mea­sures them­selves.

Look af­ter your­selves and one an­other.


Dog own­ers call for more re­laxed rules around dogs on Caro­line Bay. ‘‘I’m a dog owner and there are plenty of places to walk dogs. Make stricter rules to pro­tect the pen­quins be­cause some dog own­ers are id­iots and the poor lit­tle birds have enough to con­tend with.’’ Lynne Lang

Mid-South Can­ter­bury area com­man­der In­spec­tor Dave Gaskin.

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