New boots on peninsula beat

Sam Webb is walking the beat in the footsteps of retired Community Constable Jug Price.

Whangaparaoa’s new community constable, Sam Webb, had a career in science in mind when he left school but says quite early on in his biology studies at Canterbury University, he had a change of heart.

The 36-year-old says he has never regretted his decision to leave university and join the Police. His first posting was in Manurewa where he did a mix of front line policing and traffic for five years.

Moving to Auckland Central, he had his first experience of community policing, which included working closely with the homeless population – something he describes as “eye opening”.

Providing a friendly face, helping and supporting vulnerable people turned out to be the niche within the police force that Sam was looking for and led to his application for the Whangaparaoa Community Constable role, vacated by Jug Price.

He has been relieving in the role for sometime, awaiting his official appointment.

Sam grew up in Hamilton, and moved to the Hibiscus Coast eight years ago. He lives in Stanmore Bay with his wife and two young children – a photo of his family takes pride of place on his office wall.

He enjoys the outdoors, including activities at the beach and in the mountains – currently he is teaching his two and three year old sons to ski at Snowplanet. Recently he spent a week in the Kaimai Ranges on a hunting expedition.

The fact that he’s already a local has stood him in good stead as he talks with businesses and community organisations including pre-school groups and the Pippins.

Sam says he will be following Jug’s successful formula of getting out and about in the community, walking the beat.

“Getting out and being part of the community is what I enjoy most – it makes me smile,” he says.


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