Meet the South's new top policeman. Inspector Andrew
Coster, of Auckland, has been confirmed as the new Southern
The 38-year-old has held the position of Auckland Central
area commander for the past four years, and was looking
forward to starting the Dunedin-based position later this
''Having been born in Dunedin but never lived there, this
appointment is a bit like coming back to my roots.
''I'm excited with the prospect of getting involved in the
southern scene and everything that's happening there, '' Insp
His initial focus would be on meeting those in the police and
community ''who will help us to further enhance public
He would also ensure the implementation of policing
excellence throughout the district, which was a national
shift from reactive to prevention-focused policing.
''I'm delighted to have the opportunity to work with the
people of Southern District to deliver on Police's objective
that everyone is safe and feels safe.''
Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said Insp Coster would
bring 16 years' experience to the role and would be an
outstanding leader for Southern District.
''Andrew has built a high-performing management team in
Auckland Central which has achieved significant reductions in
total crime and increases in staff engagement,'' he said.
Insp Coster also had an excellent academic record, including
a masters in public management. A qualified lawyer, he took a
break from the police in 2004 to work for Meredith Connell in
''I am looking forward to working with Andrew as he brings
his extensive experience to bear in his new position in
Southern District,'' Mr Marshall said.
Insp Coster replaces former Superintendent Bob Burns, who
retired in April.
1996: Police recruit.
1997-2000: General duties constable/detective
constable, Counties Manukau.
2001-03: Detective, Auckland Metro.
2004: Solicitor, Meredith Connell, Auckland.
2005-06: Sergeant, senior sergeant, Counties Manukau.
2006-08: District deployment manager, Counties
Since 2009: Area commander, Auckland City Central.
Since 2011: AOS commander, Auckland Metro.