New Zealand Police Commissioner: How Small Things Make a Big Difference

Ngā mihi. As you know, Police places great importance on our core values of professionalism, respect, integrity, commitment to Māori and Treaty, empathy and valuing diversity. This week, I’d like to share a couple of great examples of how they make a difference to the communities we serve.

The first involves Auckland Constable Scott Wolfe, whose empathy for a methamphetamine addict helped turn her life around. Scott arrested the woman for possession of a cannabis pipe and, recognising the signs of methamphetamine use, discovered she had a heavy addiction and was living in a car.

This was the first time she’d ever been arrested, and, realising she needed help, Scott referred her to Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou – The New Beginnings Court. This is focused on homeless and disadvantaged people and has been getting some great results.

Read more on Commissioner’s Blog.


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