From the Otaki Police, March 2016

I write this short column with weary legs and a cup of tea in hand. I’ve spent the day ensuring the smooth passage of our Prime Minister as he visited Te Horo School, with their great new assembly hall, then up to the Horowhenua Council building in Levin, before a flash looking development at the old Kimberley Road Hospital.

Back to Ōtaki, and CACTUS planning gather pace as I have scoped out some exciting areas for ‘Longest Day’ and engaged some local businesses such as Body and Soul Gym, a local drill instructor and Captivate Adventures from Ōtaki Gorge. Then I presented to 400 college students and there’s more to come.

Crime wise we’ve seen a reduction in offences since Christmas and some key arrests of some local offenders that has reduced family violence and burglary offending since the last column.

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter and stayed safe when travelling about the area. Remember the roads have been dry for a very long time so when the weather turns colder and wetter, the roads will have oil and other slippery material deposited on them increasing stopping distance.

Finally, with the assistance of the local pubs and the use of their courtesy buses, we are looking to provide a ‘Community Court Bus’ to Levin. The plan is to help those with court dates on a Thursday to get to Levin District Court and not have to commit offences getting there. Watch this space!

Take care out there and keep ‘em peeled.

Dan Ralph
Ōtaki Police