ECrime rates in Nelson may be as low as they’ve been for a few years, but newly-appointed Area Commander, Detective Inspector Paul Borrell, warns the boys in blue are not about to relax.
“Complacency is our worst enemy, we always need to be looking for ways to improve,” says Paul.
Taking over the top cop role from Mat Arnold-Kelly at the beginning of this month, Paul has been a member of the force since leaving the cheese-making industry to embark on police training in 1986.
“It was the idea of making a difference. I’ve always liked what the police stood for.”
His investigative skills were soon revealed, and after being a part of Porirua’s investigation unit in 1991 he joined the CIB in Wellington, also spending four years offering investigative training to new recruits at the police college.
With a police focus on a 25 per cent reduction in Maori reoffending by 2025, Paul says he’s looking forward to working closely with local iwi toward achieving this goal, set nationally by police, and has taken a proactive approach by enrolling in Te Reo during his own time.
“It’s been fantastic learning Te Reo. I want to be able to understand the issues and I don’t think I can do that until I know more about the culture and the language.”
Organised crime, particularly around the cooking and distribution of methamphetamine, remains a target for police, and Paul confirms they’re absolutely committed to exposing and apprehending those dealing harmful drugs in our neighbourhoods.
“The significant physical and social carnage that many of these drugs cause to our communities, especially methamphetamine, is unacceptable. We are committed to lessening that harm and holding those responsible to account.”