A call was received just after midnight (On Sunday February 1, 2016) with a male stating that his female partner had been grabbed from behind, by her arm at a hotel in Waiuku and the offender had threatened to assault the male caller. The caller and the victim left the scene and waited for Police in a safe area. Units were dispatched to the job immediately however it was particularly busy night in Counties Manukau South with a number of priority jobs coming in. Police spoke with the victim and her partner just before 1am, they first tried to locate the offender before taking the couple back to the Pukekohe Police Station to make a statement.
An investigation into the incident is on-going. Police acknowledge the time delay however there was a particularly high-demand for Police service and while we do our best to get to every job as quickly as we can, we have to prioritise those jobs where there is a threat to life. Kay Lane – Area Prevention Manager Pukekohe.
“It is an operational matter for the Commissioner of Police and his team to decide how best to deploy Police staff but Police have advised the Minister that it has 24 hour staff based at Pukekohe Police Station and at the Waiuku and Tuakau stations. Police they have six officers, whose hours cover shifts between 7am and midnight and that extra staff are deployed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.” Julie Johnston , Press Secretary Minister of Police
I just finished reading Steve’s Soapbox. To read the story of this couple is heart breaking. This is something that has been happening for far too long with too many succeeding governments, who insist on playing with our lives and safety. We keep being told our police are being increased throughout NZ but especially in Counties-Manukau, yet we still have police stations being closed in all areas but mainly rural. I find it so scary that after two calls ,and what seems to be close to an hour, there were no police sent to answer this call. I live in Clarks Beach and it is horrible to think that if you are in Waiuku you can’t get help quickly and we have even less chance at a busy time. Will it take another Aramoana shootout, a Raurimu Rampage, for us to get what we need and deserve? We may get told its a money thing but when you realise it could take 40-45 minutes for a patrol car to be sent from our nearest station in Manukau, if they are not already on callouts especially at night or a weekend, then money should be on the back burner as you can’t buy another life. R. Keay