Jessica Phuang, New Zealand Police’s first ever Ethnic Responsiveness Manager is calling upon all ethnic communities to work collaboratively with police for safety and well-being for one another.

Earlier this year an altogether new position of Ethnic Responsiveness Manager was created in Tamaki Makaurau to coordinate NZ Police’s engagement with the ethnic communities across the three districts of Waitemata, Auckland Central and Counties Manukau, with Ms Phuang as the first incumbent.

To celebrate her elevation to this role, a luncheon party was organised on Monday, February 18, at the Fickling Centre, Auckland.

Image courtesy Nanette Nathoo

More than hundred members and representatives of ethnic communities joined the top brass of NZ Police including Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha, Auckland City District Commander Karyn Malthus, Counties Manukau District Commander Jill Rogers and Waitemata District Commander Naila Hassan and several other officers to grace the occasion.

As the position is altogether new, there is still a lot to be done in terms of disseminating more information and educating the communities on how it can assist in their engagement with NZ Police.

Anticipating the general interest in the role of this newly created position and its engagement with ethnic communities Ms Phuang said philosophically, “The Ethnic Responsiveness Manager is the first ever in the NZ Police history, so it’s a blank sheet of paper.”

“Together we can create the most heart-warming picture that will tell a beautiful story – that our ethnic community can work collaboratively for safety and well-being for one another.”

It is expected that the office of Ms Phuang would be based in Waitemata and would be coordinating more closely with ethnic liaison officers in all three police districts and bringing more synergy in police response to ethnic communities.

The Indian Weekender extends best wishes to Ms Phuang in this new role and assures all possible support in the service of our ethnic communities.