Dargaville Police Station is trialling a new roster which has welcomed additional staff to the area combining urban and rural policing experience.
Constable Nathaniel Blair was working in Whangarei before taking on a six month community focussed post in Dargaville.
As a member of the force for the last few years Constable Blair said it was good to work in different areas and experience the different styles of policing.
Senior Sergeant Rob Huys says the trial roster will see more frontline uniformed staff like Nathan become first respondents to urgent jobs in the area.
“It’s going to be really good for our area and allows us to have more coverage at crucial times. To supplement the roster we have two members travelling across from Whangarei, almost on a daily basis to make sure we have the sufficient staff numbers,” he said.
Sgt Huys anticipated that the new members would pick up “on a number of things” while working in a small town environment.
“We are really looking forward to seeing how this goes and increasing visibility and availability for our local community. Nathan is doing really well so far. We have welcomed him on board — although he hasn’t shouted the station morning tea just yet!”
The new roster will remain on trial for six months before a further decision on staffing will be made.