Monday, April 22, 2024

Tāmaki Makaurau police land new RBT record

Tāmaki Makaurau’s Impairment Prevention Team (IPT) has been recognised for its record number of Roadside Breath Tests (RBTs) for a second year in a row.

Working in collaboration with Tāmaki Makaurau Road Safety Partners, the IPT’s efforts saw just over 378,000 RBTs completed during the 2022-23 financial year – a 40% increase on the previous financial year.

“We recognise that it has been a challenging few years for NZ Police, with many unplanned events impacting on your ability to lift performance in this important area,” said Acting Board Chair, Wayne Donnelly.

“We are encouraged by recent reporting showing a 40% increase in the number of RBTs completed in 2022/23 compared to 2020/21.

“This is now the second year in a row where we have seen a sustained increase and we would like to thank your teams for their work.”

IPT Senior Sergeant Jesse Mowat says it’s an outstanding effort by the three dedicated IPT sergeants and 27 constables, who make up less than 2% of Police staff numbers within Tāmaki Makaurau.

“We haven’t given drivers a free pass due to bad weather and have chosen places to base ourselves where we can have a bit of cover from the rain and keep working,” he said.

“The increase in impairment test numbers has been helped by COVID limitations being minimal now, and staff not being needed for border checkpoints, which has meant we’ve been able to focus on our core role, which is policing the roads.

“Filling abstraction positions has also been key to having more staff out there doing the work.”

Senior Sergeant Mowat said the team also targets risky driving behaviour such as speeding, not wearing seatbelts and driving with distractions, which includes using cellphones.

“The three NCOs who lead the team are dedicated and experienced with a strong expertise in road policing and this knowledge and leadership is valuable for staff,” he said.

Director Deployment Tāmaki Makaurau, Acting Superintendent Trevor Beggs, acknowledged the team’s outstanding efforts.

“All our staff should be rightly proud of what they have achieved, and the harm they have prevented through their hard work and dedication,” he said.

“While we can’t put a number to it, we know with certainty that there are people alive and well today, and families who remain unbroken by avoidable road trauma, because our people prevented significant harm occurring on our roads.”

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