Senior Constable Karren Bye is the new Mosgiel community
constable. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Meet your new community constable.
Senior Constable Karren Bye has big plans for the role,
including regular foot patrols, as she ''wants to get back
into old-fashioned community policing''.
This June will mark 21 years since she joined the police.
So what made the former trained chef do that?
''It was through tragedy, really,'' Snr Const Bye said.
''My father was killed in a car crash so I came back for the
funeral and decided to join the police. I wanted to make a
She remembered the local police officer living across the
road as she grew up in the small community of Westwood, ''and
I kind of veered into a community path as a result of my
Her first seven years was as a front-line police officer in
Dunedin, before she was stationed to South Dunedin.
After taking a year off for maternity leave, she returned in
2002 to work in the inquiries office, where she got her first
taste of community policing.
While the role of a general duties officer was often being
reactive to crime, she enjoyed the proactive approach of
community policing: liaising with schools, shops and the
''You use a lot of local knowledge to solve crime, because
once you build up a rapport with people, they talk.''
From late last year she temporarily filled a role as a prison
liaison officer before applying for the vacant Mosgiel
community constable role.
With her appointment confirmed last month, she was looking
forward to meeting residents. She planned to walk the beat at
least twice a week and explore the idea of a youth community
centre for Mosgiel.