New police head still enjoying the job
Seeing people at their worst still saddens Sergeant Dave Orr after 18 years on the job.
Tragedies are the toughest things to deal with and it never gets any easier, he says.
"The saddest thing is a death and that doesn't change over time," the Te Atatu father of two says. "It doesn't matter if it's a young person or an old person, every family member is affected by it the same way."
But the new Kumeu police station head still loves his work.
"At the end of the day you serve your community," the 52-year-old says.
"You deal with a lot of bad people but at the same time you deal with a lot of nice people."
Mr Orr joined the police for the excitement and the camaraderie and has not been disappointed.
The former head of the burglary squad at Henderson police saw the burglary rate slashed by 22 per cent in the last financial year for the Waitemata district of Rodney, Waitakere and the North Shore. "Waitakere had the biggest reduction out of all the three areas so we did pretty well," Mr Orr says.
He links that success to having the right officers and keeping his team of six motivated.
"They were young keen ones who joined the job to catch the bad guys."
Mr Orr says he enjoys the variety and not knowing what will happen when he arrives at work each day.
"It's also the feeling of belonging to a group of people who are after the same thing."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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