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New policeman enjoys working on rural beat

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 09:37 24/06/2014
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COUNTRY COP: Pleasant Point Constable Kris Howes adapts to life on a rural beat.

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Pleasant Point has a new police constable after a regional reshuffle.

Kris Howes has taken on the job as Pleasant Point's resident policeman, in a move to be more involved in helping the community.

Howes joined the police force in 2008 as he was community-minded and wanted to be helpful.

"I also joined for the variety the job would provide. We never go in to work knowing what we are going to be doing each day, it's always different," he said.

He has moved the family to the rural town and was looking forward to working a quieter beat than in Timaru.

"There isn't as much going on as it is a smaller community. But it's a good opportunity to work with people and help them much more," Howes said.

He would still liaise with the Timaru Police so would not have a chance to miss working with them.

"I'm only a short 15-20 minute drive away. If I want to catch up it's not that hard," he said.

However, he would be providing help where he could to both Temuka and Geraldine Police.

Before Howes swapped to the blue uniform, he spent his days dressed in white. The whites of a cricket uniform.

Howes spent six years playing cricket in Birmingham, England.

"I was a bowler. I tried to be fast," he said.

Howes said now there are two children in tow he is too old to play.

"I have had to resort to golf."

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- The Timaru Herald

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