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Since June, the detective senior sergeant has run Counties Manukau Police’s child protection team, and for two years before that he headed Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch (CIB). To prepare for his latest assign- ment, the 22-year veteran of the force trained for ﬁve weeks in ﬁre- arm handling and combat skills with the New Zealand Army at its base in Waiouru. He’s also been studying Afghan his- tory and culture, and doing his best to learn Dari, one of the country’s two main languages. The day before he left Auckland, Mr Glossop told the Times about why he put his hand up to work in Afghanistan and the challenges he expects to face. “One of the great things about the police is the work is so varied,” he says. “You can put your name down to do an overseas deployment and when your skill set and the need matches up, you go. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportu- nity.” The New Zealand Police has an ongoing obligation to support the international community, with the majority of its work taking place around the Paciﬁc. Ofﬁcers have been sent to Afghani- stan to help rebuild the country’s national police as part of the New Zealand Defence Force’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) for the past seven years. Mr Glossop and his fellow Kiwi cops will work alongside police from Ireland, Canada and Malaysia, among others. Preparing for the assignment was hard work, but also something he thoroughly enjoyed. “I have the utmost respect for peo- ple in the army. It’s a privilege and pleasure training with them,” he says. “The people we got to know are just like the police, but wear a differ- ent coloured uniform.” While Mr Glossop has polished his skills in weapon handling and combat, he’s hoping he won’t have to call on those skills during his assign- ment. “We aren’t soldiers and we have our own job to do over there,” he says. “The mission is to up-skill the Afghan national police towards the goal of sustainability. “We’re just polishing and ﬁnishing off training put in place by the people who have gone before us. “We need to push on and keep the momentum going in the right direc- tion. “I’m very excited, and since I did the pre-deployment training, I’ve been chomping at the bit to go.” As a family man, the hardest thing for Mr Glossop is being away from his loved ones for an extended period. “As much as I’m going to miss my family, I’m wound up like a spring,” he says. “It’s not until I’m on the plane that it will feel totally real.” Among the reading he’s done to help prepare for his new work envi- ronment is on the Taleban – the militants who governed parts of Afghanistan until the United States- led invasion in October 2011. “I’ve learned so much about the culture over there,” Mr Glossop says. “The history of the country is phe- nomenal. “It’s a country of extremes. I want to immerse myself in the culture as much as I can.” And despite entering a war zone, he’s not showing signs of being overly concerned about the danger. “We’ll take any journey with extreme caution and using the latest intelligence information,” Mr Glos- sop says. “We’ve had excellent training and everything we do is planned out. “What’s good is we can implement the New Zealand Police’s problem solving approach to things. “It’s about ﬁnding the cause of a problem and not just dealing with the symptoms. “New Zealand’s can-do spirit is appreciated overseas, and our atti- tude to tolerance, understanding and empathy goes a long way. “We lead people, we don’t push them. “I think one of the hardest things will be leaving Afghanistan to come back home. “When you’re helping someone and feel like it’s making a difference, it’s hard to leave. “I take what I’m doing over there as a privilege and life experience.” The New Zealand Government ■ has said its commitment in Afghani- stan will run until next April. Big job in war zone FOREIGN SERVICE: Detective senior sergeant Dave Glossop has left New Zealand to begin a six-month stint mentoring members of Afghanistan's national police force. Times photo Wayne Martin Action on foreshore dumping By MARIANNE KELLY DISCOVERY of dumped building site material on a popular beach has dismayed local residents and is being followed up by a council investigation team. Howick Local Board member Shirley Warren was contacted by people who saw the material being spread on the foreshore at the Musick Point end of Bucklands Beach. “We weren’t very enthralled,” she says. “We need our nice beaches and are working hard to get them better, so we don’t want stuff dumped.” Auckland Council visited the site at 2 Musick Point Road on September 19 in response to a complaint from a member of the public. Dumping on beaches is controlled by provisions in the Auckland Council District Plan (Manukau) and Auckland Council Regional Plan (Coastal), says Alan Moore, the council’s coastal consents and compliance team leader. “We issued the person who dumped the material, which was a mix of soil, rock, shell and broken building materials, with an abatement notice requiring it to be removed by September 25,” says Mr Moore. “Staff visited the site on September 26 and not all the dumped material had been removed from the beach. “We will be taking further action to ensure that appropriate sediment control measures are put in place to mitigate sediment discharge into the receiving water, and to ensure all material is removed from the coastal marine area.” Mrs Warren says: “We don’t want dumping on the beaches. They’re precious. These people had no right to dump the stuff.” Police detective senior sergeant Dave Glossop is spending up to six months in Afghanistan sharing his crime solving expertise, reports CHRIS HARROWELL.
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