News from NZ Police
NZ’s three most senior police officers hit the streets tonight to support thousands of staff working to keep people safe this New Year’s Eve. Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush will be with staff in Wellington, Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard is working at the Rhythm and Vines music festival near Gisborne, and Commissioner Peter Marshall is out in the Auckland City Police District.
“We want people to enjoy themselves and have a good time, but be respectful to each other, and respectful to our staff,” says Commissioner Marshall.
Five police officers were attacked in four incidents in four days over Christmas.
“We have wonderful men and women working tonight who would otherwise be with their own families. Instead they’re going out to keep other people safe. I think New Zealand owes them a debt of gratitude for the 3,000 jobs they attend every day, and the thousands of incidents they prevent.”
Commissioner Marshall has worked every New Year’s Eve of his 40-year Police career, also going out when he was Commissioner of Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
“You see things after dark you don’t see from an office at Police National Headquarters,” he says.
Even after 40 years, the issues are much the same, he says. People, fuelled by alcohol, make silly mistakes. They either spoil it for themselves and others, or get reined in. “Our staff are often the deciding factor,” he says.