New of­fi­cer for Clin­ton

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TO­HILL

Clin­ton has a new com­mu­nity con­sta­ble.

Af­ter nearly a year with­out a per­ma­nent of­fi­cer, Con­sta­ble An­drew Denny will be res­i­dent in the South Otago town from this month. And he can’t wait.

Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of for­mer po­lice­man Richard Whit­more in June, Denny, 48, re­lieved at the Clin­ton sta­tion for about four months.

‘‘I re­ally en­joyed it. I made con­tacts. It made me re­alise that the com­mu­nity re­ally wants a po­lice pres­ence.’’

Ten­sions in Clin­ton had been noted in the past year, and it would give peo­ple peace of mind to have a po­lice of­fi­cer in the town once more, he said.

‘‘The over-rid­ing ques­tion I’ve been asked is, ‘‘Are you go­ing to live here? They said they would be happy just to have a cop at the sta­tion, but they’re ec­static that some­one is ac­tu­ally go­ing to live in the town.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be great to be part of the com­mu­nity.’’

Clutha-Taieri area com­man­der Se­nior Sergeant Cyn­thia Fair­ley said Denny was al­ready fa­mil­iar with the town, var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups and the Clin­ton Pri­mary School.

With Clin­ton and the po­lice sta­tion si­t­u­ated at the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween two high­ways Old Coach Rd and State High­way 1, he would also play a key role in keep­ing the roads safe, she said.

Orig­i­nally from Small Heath in south-east Birm­ing­ham in the United King­dom, he has been with Bal­clutha po­lice for 12 years.

Denny and wife Sam and their daugh­ter Carys moved to New Zealand in 2006, as part of a govern­ment po­lice re­cruit­ment drive in search of a bet­ter life.

‘‘I wanted a safe place to bring up my daugh­ter.’’

He likes how small com­mu­ni­ties can work to­gether to help pre­vent and solve crimes, and is also look­ing for­ward to be­ing self-re­liant.

‘‘It’s a chance to have your patch and make the job your own.’’


Clin­ton’s new com­mu­nity con­sta­ble Andy Denny.

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