New constable knows his patch

17:00, Aug 07 2014

Wanaka's newest recruit to join the force has swapped riding a postie motorcycle around the town with driving a police car.

Constable Aubury Martin, 23, will undertake frontline general duties with the Wanaka police after three years being based in his hometown of Oamaru.

Before becoming a police officer, he worked for New Zealand Post as a postman.

While working as a postie he completed a stint relieving in Wanaka, so got to know the local streets delivering mail. Moving to Wanaka was an easy decision.

"I've always liked Central Otago and into the outdoors, so it was a bit of an attraction," Martin said.

Being based in Wanaka allowed him to work in a "smaller community-style" policing unit.

"I'm enjoying it," he said.

In Oamaru he was part of the frontline team consisting of about 20 officers and in Wanaka he is part of the frontline team of about seven. He plans to spend the next few years on the beat before deciding whether to branch out and specialise.

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