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Constable Martin Cupit
By JENNA VAN DER HOORN
For Martin Cupit, the desire to help people
and work in a role that offered variety
was all it took for him to want to become
a policeman. And now that he has been in the
police force for 12 years, it's fair to say he has
helped more people than he could ever have
Martin was born in England, and at nine years
old his family moved to Gisborne. Even as a
child, Martin was very much a people-person,
and with this personality trait came the need
and desire to help people.
Martin joined the police force and began his
career in Dunedin where he worked as a
police officer helping those in need for three
and a half years.
Moving to Gore, he carried on policing where
he finally took up a position as Constable in
Mataura, working alongside Leigh Waddell.
Martin says there are some obvious
differences when it comes to working in a
small community station, opposed to a big
He is proud of the fact he gets to follow a case
from start to finish, giving each and every file
a personal touch.
Due to this, he believes people within
the community have a lot more respect
for their officers, and Martin in turn
gains much local knowledge.
Being a constable in a small town also
means that Martin can attend
community events, and help out
whenever he can. As a father of three,
he gets as involved as he can with
schooling events, is on the Board of
Trustees of his daughter's school, and
next school term will be coaching small
children at the Gore Swimming Club.
It's things like this that Martin cherishes in his
job as a police constable.
One thing that Martin is proud of, is the way
big city stations have taken on board the
values and ways things are done in smaller
stations. One such thing is the implemen-
tation of alternative action.
Martin says not every crime has to end up
with people going to court - this is especially
particular in youth.
Martin said there are other ways to get a point
across for petty crimes such as apologies to
victims, charity work and donations, and
picking up rubbish.
Crime rates in Mataura and surrounding areas
have also dropped, and this new way of
dealing with petty crimes could be a
For someone to love their job, there needs to
be variety and this is exactly what Martin gets
at the Mataura Police station.
''Everyone knows everyone, and every day we
deal with something different,'' he says.
Constable Leigh Waddell
Every day is different. It's
working with people, I enjoy it,''
--- Constable Leigh Waddell
By JENNA VAN DER HOORN
There is one woman you can thank
for keeping you safe in your
community, and that is Constable
Leigh Waddell of the Mataura Police
Born and bred in Southland, Leigh
began her policing career eight years
ago in Gore, and moved to the Mataura
station five years ago.
Having been brought up in Edendale,
Leigh was familiar with the small
community of Mataura and surrounding
areas, which helped her to form close
connections with those around her.
Her dedication to the protection and
aid of Mataura residents also helped her
to build trust within the community.
Leigh says it's very important for people
to know and trust their local police, so
she loves getting out and about into
the community making herself known.
She enjoys visiting Mataura Primary
School sitting in on their assemblies and
feels very privileged when the children
are excited to see her, they are ''always
Leigh says there are many differences
between working in a bigger station
opposed to a small town station.
''You are more accountable, there's a lot
more familiarity, no anonymity, you are
part of the community''.
''People know me, and my colleagues
can also judged on my behaviour,'' she
She says you also have to have good
communication skills, with the ability to
talk down a situation. Back up isn't
always close at hand compared to
bigger stations, therefore it is up to her
to try to make sure a situation does not
get out of hand.
But after eight years of being in the
police force, Leigh still loves her job.
''Every day is different. It's working with
people, I enjoy it''.
From being able to be part of the
community, to working with people
who may be going through bad times
and seeing them turn their life around,
there's so many aspects she loves.
Leigh says there are also lowlights but
they are just part of the job.
These can include driving to a serious
crash with thoughts rolling around in
your head wondering if you may
know the person killed or injured.
But ''working with people'' makes it
all worthwhile, she says.
Leigh also plays an active part in the
community. She is involved in netball
as a player, committee member,
occasional umpire and coach when
she isn't helping the community with
her policing duties and is on the
advisory committee for the Gore
Community Counselling Centre.
''Everyone has an opinion on their
local Police Officer, most really
appreciate you. They care about what
we do because we play an important
role in the community's sense of
safety,'' she says.
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