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Issue No. 399 February 2016

Progress and performance

By Commissioner Mike Bush

Kia ora, and Happy New Year!

The first intake of women pictured with their instructor, Senior Sergeant Daniel Beard, at the training depot in Newtown, Wellington., in 1941.
Photo: NZ Police Museum

Over the next 12 months we’ll be busy implementing further improvements to the way we work through Policing Excellence: the Future. I know you’re all as keen as I am to see real progress in tackling the tough challenges we’ve set ourselves under the themes of Safer Families, Iwi Partnerships, Service Delivery Model and Evidence-Based Policing.

We’ll also be increasing our mobility capability with the roll out of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the development of new applications and the trial of video statements in family violence incidents just some of the work we’ve got under way.

The implementation of the Police High Performance Framework is another major focus for all of us in the year ahead. This is a real investment in our people – our most important asset by far. It will bring real clarity to all staff about how they contribute to the success of Police and will help us develop a shared high-performance culture.

Another highlight of the year will be the 75th anniversary of women in Police. Work is well under way to ensure that this important milestone is marked with the prestige it deserves, and there’ll be plenty of opportunity for all staff to take part in events in their areas. A report on the importance of these commemorations is in this month’s Ten One.

One of my priorities for 2016 is to spend more time districts, and I hope to see many of you in your place soon. Until then, thanks in advance for your efforts and have a safe and fulfilling year.

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