Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Prevention operations focus on long-term solutions

Prevention operations focus on long-term solutions

Finding long-term, sustainable solutions to crime, road trauma and anti-social behaviour is the aim of a police operation across the Bay of Plenty District this week.

Operation Presence on Friday, 22 February, is the first of a series of activities which will see staff from the four policing areas carrying out coordinated visibility and community reassurance.

It is a 'whole of police' approach which has run successfully within the Western Bay of Plenty area over the last six months and is now being extended to incorporate the wider district.

Prevention Manager, Inspector Scott Fraser said: "Responding to crime and crashes and carrying out investigations will always be a critical element of our business, but we have to ensure that prevention is at the forefront. If we are going to continue to reduce offending and victimisation we have to take the time to tackle the root causes."

Tackling the causes of crime is not just a role for Police, it requires combined commitment from a range of partners agencies, community organisations and Iwi to empower communities to help themselves.

That same team effort will feature strongly in this week's operation as staff who ordinarily work in more station-bound roles join colleagues from other teams out in the community.

"This is a valuable opportunity for us as a service to engage face-to-face with our communities and to develop further our understanding of the issues they face. It is also an opportunity for large numbers of staff, no matter what their role, to get involved in prevention activity at the coal-face," said Inspector Fraser.

That activity will include increased foot patrols, liaison with communities, businesses, licensees and road users over a four-hour period. Victims will also be at the heart of these operations going forward. Often simple crime prevention measures can stop victims being repeatedly targeted and the Police are in a unique influential position to make sure that the right advice and support reaches the right people when they need it most.

All staff rostered on duty on Friday will play a part in Operation Presence over a four-hour period. The operation will not affect the emergency response capability of Bay of Plenty Police.

"Some of this activity will have elements of day-to-day policing and enforcement but the staff will be working with a prevention focus and not just dealing with the here and now. It is a concerted culture shift away from our traditional response focus. The aim may be very simple - to make a difference and to make our communities safer - but to do that effectively we need to truly know our communities and fully understand what will help them in the longer term."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And
Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the Resource Management Act.

Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing, which happens to be another of the government’s most contentious, most ideologically-driven policy packages. Presumably, Key will be trying not to double down on the rhetoric, and thereby leave room for Labour leader Andrew Little to sound like the centrist voice of reason.

Key will have his work cut out, though. More>>

 

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news