Ōrewa has a new Community Constable, Mahina Martin (“everyone calls me ‘Ma’”), who took up the role on August 7.
There has not been an officer in the role for around 14 months.
Constable Martin has lived on the Coast for 38 years and until recently was in a frontline police position. Prior to joining police nearly three years ago, she was heavily involved in working with youth and local schools.
She says as community constable, safety – for business owners and staff, and the public – will be key.
She will be on foot patrol, “very visible”, especially in Ōrewa and Silverdale town centres, but not just walking around. Part of the job is to share updates about police work and understand the concerns that locals face.
“Visibility is prevention,” she says. “But a very important aspect of community policing, for me, is to talk with people and hear their ideas.”
She is also liaising with the Ōrewa community patrol and Whangaparāoa Community Constable, Sam Webb and will attend community events.