|Ten-One Community Edition: 317 January 2009 is brought to you by The New Zealand Police|
|Welcome to the community edition of Ten-One for January 2009.|
The year has got off to a very sad start for New Zealand Police. The death of 17-year-old Halatau Naitoko in Auckland on Friday 23 January has had a deep impact on the service with staff here feeling deeply sorry for the family and friends of the young man shot on the North Western Motorway and also for their fellow officers who responded to the dangerous situation that they were faced with.
The incident will now be the subject of a number of in-depth inquiries including one by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
A 50-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Police can not discuss the details of the incident in a public forum as to do so might prejudice the right of the alleged offender to a fair trial or be interpreted as an attempt to influence or predetermine the outcome of the ongoing investigations.
At the time of the incident Commissioner Howard Broad was overseas supporting staff working to restore law and order in the remote region of Bougainville. His first action on his return to Auckland, was to visit Halatau's family, to reiterate the expressions of regret already expressed on behalf of the Police by senior colleagues.
Amongst other topics this Community Edition features the new police leadership of Auckland, national initiatives to combat alcohol misuse, police activity to promote pride in the community in Northland and a Christmas initiative that brightened the lives of residents in Kawakawa.
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|Focus on Auckland|
Assistant Commissioner Steve Shortland has to take a regional perspective on issues and ensure the three Districts are working together in a way that supports the needs of the whole region.
Community focused, intelligence-led policing, and problem solving are among the essential components that drive Superintendent Bill Searle’s vision and direction for the Waitematā Police District.
Superintendent George Fraser took up the post of Auckland City District Commander in October 2008.
Ensuring Counties Manukau is only in the news for the ‘right reason’ is one of Superintendent Mike Bush’s goals.
|Working with the community|
Not wanting to be outsmarted by Auckland’s notorious traffic problems I left Mairangi Bay on the city’s North Shore at 6.30 am. Plenty of time I thought to make the 8.30 am appointment with Rosa Chow, Chair of the Asian Council on Reducing Crime (ACRC) in Pakuranga.
A campaign to promote community safety attracted more than 300 people to its launch day in Northland.
Police in Kawakawa applauded the driving standards of local residents following two traffic checkpoints in Moerewa and Kawakawa last month.
Sergeant Tim Lockwood and the Auckland Eastern Area Community Policing Team have alcohol misuse and the crime and nuisance it generates, at the top of their agenda.
New Zealand Police officers stranded in Bangkok during last November’s anti-government riots used their skills to assist the NZ embassy deal with hundreds of trapped holiday makers.
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