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Community recognises commitment

Senior Constable Bill Taua after receiving his award.

Photo: Kinder Ward Photography

The launch of the Melville community policing team coincided with the presentation of a civic award by Hamilton City Council to Melville Community Constable, Senior Constable Bill Taua.

Bill has worked in Hamilton South for the past nine years, and is involved in a huge range of events and projects.

These have included community cleanups, children’s days and the walking school bus, as well as creating a site for community groups in a disused property and running a learner license course at the community centre.

Waikato Community Engagement Manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam says Bill epitomises the community policing principle of Police being visible, accessible and familiar to their community.

“Because of his empathy and willingness to go out of his way, Bill has earned great respect from the local community,” he says.

“The mana he possesses within the local community even extends to offenders. Local youth ‘wannabes’ wearing bandanas on the street know what to expect if they run into Bill.

“He only has to hold out his hand and they remove their bandanas and hand them over to Bill, without him even saying a word. It is heart warming to see the community recognise Bill’s outstanding achievements.”

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