Proactive Police approach to be maintained in Tokoroa

Tuesday 10 August 2010, 2:43PM

By New Zealand Police



Tokoroa Police take gang activity seriously, and will maintain a proactive policing approach to any gang presence in the area, says Area Commander, Acting Inspector Tony Jeurissen.

Yesterday, Tokoroa Police arrested five people following an incident involving people associated with two different gangs outside the Tokoroa Court House.

"We are very aware of the intimidating nature of groups of youths or gang patches in public places, particularly in town centres and central business districts.

"As such, we will continue our policy of proactive policing in Tokoroa – as we do across the wider Taupo and Bay of Plenty Police District – and maintain a high level of visibility around the town in an effort to prevent any further incidents.

"We have had an increased Police presence in the town for some time, and this increased presence will continue for the foreseeable future," says Acting Inspector Jeurissen.

Acting Inspector Jeurissen says Police take gang activity seriously, and will take proactive action when it is required.

"As a result of the incident yesterday, the five offenders arrested were retained in custody overnight, pending their court appearance today. This sends a strong message to those in the community who may become involved in intimidation or disorder – you will be arrested and you will be held accountable for your actions."

Acting Inspector Jeurissen says Police have continued to maintain a high presence in the town today, with additional staff deployed from Taupo to provide support.

"Maintaining a high Police presence is just one part of our strategy in relation to gang activity.

"We are also working closely alongside our local partners such as council, community groups, social agencies, iwi and the gangs themselves to ensure that together, we are all doing everything we can in this regard.”