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6 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, February 20, 2014 www.times.co.nz Invest in his www.kingscollege.school.nz Because quality education doesn’t just happen. 0508 46 25 46 2.00pm Friday 21 March (Girls Only To ur) 4.00pm We dnesday 2 April (Open To ur) 124981 By Chris harrowell PEOPLE who dedicate their working lives to keeping the public safe from harm are inviting the community to learn more about what they do. The Everyday Heroes open event features Counties Manukau Police, the Fire Service and St John Ambulance. It’s free for the public to view and is staged at Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush from 10am-2pm this Saturday. Supported by the Auck- land Council, Everyday Heroes attracted several thousand people to the public park in Chapel Road during its debut last year. Counties Manukau Police dis- trict commander, Superintendant John Tims, says the 2013 event was a huge success and police person- nel are excited about the opportu- nity to engage even more with the local communities. “People are always interested in the work we do, so we want to get people involved to see how it all works,” says Mr Tims. “This event allows us to show everyone first-hand all the excit- ing things that happen behind the scenes, while keeping it engaging and fun. “We’re delighted that other community organisations are join- ing in to really make it a great day to remember.” Mr Tims says it’s a ideal chance to recognise the many people and groups helping to keep South-East Auckland residents safe. “Our goal is to keep everyone safe and ensure they feel safe in Counties Manukau,” he says. “We hope Everyday Heroes will help us achieve this. “Every year emergency services are called to thousands of incidents that affect the community, so it’s definitely a relevant cause.” The public can see police detec- tives conduct a mock crime scene examination, as well as how offic- ers use a taser, and a demonstra- tion by a police dog unit. There will also be a simulated motor vehicle crash, driveway safety advice and police horses from the Waikato Police district. Fire trucks and St John ambu- lances will be at Barry Curtis Park, along with the police armed offend- ers squad (AOS), a police recruit- ing booth, the Coastguard and the Customs Service. “The whole family will be able to see how emergency services work and experience what they do each day to be our everyday heroes,” says Mr Tims. “It’s essential we get the com- munity involved in the work we do.” The Everyday Heroes event is held at Barry Curtis Park, Chapel Road, Flat Bush, from 10am-2pm on Saturday, February 22. It’s hosted by Counties Manukau Police constable Bryan Ward and his toy puppet police dog Bobby. Entry is free. “It’s essential we get the community involved in the work we do.” – Superintendant John Tims, Counties Manukau Police commander Everyday heroes on show VITAL WORK: Firefighters and St John Ambulance paramedics demonstrated for the public at last year’s event how they treat a motor vehicle accident patient, played by television presenter Suzy Cato. Photo supplied / NZSportPix Cops increase their presence By Chris harrowell BOTANY MP Jami-Lee Ross is hailing an increase in the amount of time Counties Manukau Police officers spend on the beat in the community protecting the public. Police foot patrols in Counties Manukau Police district have risen by 123 per cent from 2011 to 2013. Foot patrols jumped by 155 per cent nationwide during the same period, from 40,918 in 2011 to 104,321 last year. Recorded crime nationally has fallen by 17.4 per cent over the past three fiscal years. “Getting police out there where they can be seen amongst the community is working,” says Mr Ross. “Police foot patrols help to deter would-be criminals as well as catching those brazen enough to try it on. It’s about mixing new and modern policing techniques with old-fashioned ones we know are effective.” Mr Ross believes front line police officers are benefitting from being issued smartphones and electronic computer tablets. “This technology is freeing up more than half a million front line police hours each year,” he says. “It’s like having an extra 354 police officers. “Our local police do a great job, and the least we can do is give them the tools they need to do it.” Mr Ross says he’s noticed an increased police presence in East Auckland, particularly at Botany Town Centre. “With more police on the beat, recorded crime is at the lowest level in 33 years. “Along with police neighbourhood policing teams, these strategies are making communities such as Botany safer for families. “Ultimately, New Zealand is a safer place to be with more effective policing. “Keeping people safe is one of the public services the Government is tasked with providing and it’s one that’s taken very seriously,” says Mr Ross.
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