The Campus Cop is a sworn member of the NZ Police resident on Campus. He is a vital link between the Police, University students/staff and the community.
The University of Otago is one of only two educational facilities in New Zealand that have their own policeman (the other one being Massey University in Palmerston North). There has been a “Campus Cop” at Otago since 1997.
The present Campus Cop, Max Holt, has been in the role since the beginning of April 2006. He joined the Police in 1991 and served 4 years in South Auckland before moving to Dunedin. Prior to joining the Police, Max graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Campus Cop’s responsibilities
He offers advice on safety/security, as well as taking complaints regarding thefts, lost property, etc. He works in closely with the Proctor and deals with any students who choose not to partake in the Proctor’s diversion scheme.
He also looks after the Otago Polytechnic; all totalled some 35,000 students and staff