Homecoming for new head of city CIB

Zane Smith was born and bred in Rotorua and after 20 years with the police is looking forward to finally working in his home town.

The detective senior sergeant replaces Detective Inspector Mark Loper as head of the Rotorua police CIB, a team of detectives who investigate serious crime in the city and region.

Mr Loper is now the field crime manager for Bay of Plenty police and in taking over, Mr Smith says he's keen to maintain the unit's reputation for getting results.

He was looking forward to working in Rotorua, he said.

Mr Smith went to Otonga Primary School, Rotorua Intermediate and Rotorua Boys' High School before going to New Zealand Police College in 1992.

Since then he has worked in several areas, including Wellington and the Western Bay of Plenty and did a stint on the police national dive squad.

He said it was great to return to his home town and do work he hoped would make a difference.

"Rotorua has changed a lot. It is a lot busier since I left school," he said.

Mr Smith said Rotorua had a lot of high profile serious crimes and the CIB team got outstanding results.

"It is a team full of guys who are extremely dedicated and willing to make a difference.

"CIB is definitely a team and everyone has an equally important role in that team," the new boss said.

The variety of work was what kept him in the job, he said.

"I enjoy what I do. It can be exciting working on a major inquiry and getting positive results is always rewarding."

Mr Smith said Rotorua was a unique location in which to work.

"The team here are very connected to the community and know what is happening here," he said. "It is exciting being part of such a tight unit."

He said he was looking forward to maintaining the "good results" for which Rotorua CIB was known. "I am hoping to share some of my experiences with the team and also hoping to draw on their knowledge and experiences."

When he wasn't working, Mr Smith said he would be spending time with his family or enjoying some of the fishing spots which Rotorua had to offer.

"It is definitely a great place to be. I am looking forward to getting stuck in and getting some results," he said.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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