Wairoa Police investigating after 'targeted attacks' on officer's home, station

Wairoa Police Station.
Wairoa Police Station. Photo credit: Google Maps

Two different police properties were shot at in Wairoa over the weekend in what's being called "targeted attacks". 

Shortly after 11pm on Saturday evening, a single shot was fired at the door of a home belonging to a local officer.

The following night, the Wairoa Police Station on Queen St was also shot at. No one was injured as a result of either incident.

Acting Eastern District Commander Iain Chapman says police are investigating both shootings.

"These were targeted attacks on our Police staff and will not be tolerated," he says. 

"It is an important part of provincial and rural policing that our staff, and their families, live in the area that they work. Our staff are part of the Wairoa community, they are there to serve the community and they have a right to feel safe both while on the job and when off shift."

"We are committed to working with the Wairoa community to ensure they and our staff can feel safe and be safe."

Chapman says the threats are being taken "incredibly seriously" and the Wairoa community may notice a heightened police presence in the area, including the Armed Offenders Squad in the form of an Armed Response Team.

Support measures are being implemented to ensure police staff and their families feel safe.

"Everyone has a role to play in ensuring Wairoa is a safe place," Chapman says.

He says there will be people in the community who know something about the two incidents, and urges them to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact Wairoa Police on 105, or call anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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