Welcome to the Ōtaki Police column for the Ōtaki Mail. This is not something we have been able to produce previously but with some recent staff changes and additions it is to become a regular feature of the Ōtaki Mail.
Firstly, I’ll introduce myself, Constable Dan Ralph, I have replaced Snr Constable Terry Moore as the Ōtaki Community/Project Officer. Terry has departed for distant shores and is safely ensconced in Pitcairn Island as Chief of Police. He is enjoying fish supper daily and learning to ride quad bikes on his patrols. I have worked in Ōtaki for 6 years following stints at HQ and Hamilton and am looking forward to new challenges in this role with some large boots to fill following Terry.
Alongside Ōtaki College the ground work and planning is well under way for the upcoming C.A.C.T.U.S. programme in a few months. Local business including Marlan Trading and New World are already helping with this exciting endeavour. This year there will be regular coverage from this newspaper with updates as the young people head through the programme.
I have heard some comment around town about the opening hours of the front office. And to confirm those times. Monday – Friday 9am to 3pm. We always have Police on duty in the town, conducting prevention patrols or dealing with incidents. If the front office is not open use the intercom, this will cause the operator to dispatch the local unit to assist you. If there is a crime in progress (any crime) please dial 111 so we can help. Also if you wish to speak anonymously try Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.
Also keep an eye out overhead for the Cannabis helicopter as they hunt down crops growing locally.