Honouring achievement, success and bravery

Honouring achievement, success and bravery

Commissioner Mike Bush

Ngā mihi. Today I’m in Hamilton where I’m attending the Waikato District Pay Parade and Awards Ceremony. I always enjoy these events and seeing our staff show so much pride in Police and their community.

This afternoon, I will be attending a ceremony hosted by Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker to present Royal Humane Society awards to three constables involved in rescues from the Waikato River.

Constable Roger Cvitanich received a Bronze Medal for saving a woman who jumped into the river in September 2014 and Constable Mark Harrison received a Bronze medal for his rescue of a teenage girl in February last year. Constable Christopher Polglase received a Certificate of Merit for going to the aid of an elderly man who fell into the river from a bridge in December 2014, but who sadly could not be revived.

Each of these officers risked their own safety to help others, and I am looking forward to being there as they're recognised by their community.

Protecting the integrity of sports

New Zealanders love their sport, but it’s a sad reality that there are unscrupulous people who are willing to take advantage of that for their own ends. Just because we’re some distance from the rest of the world doesn’t mean we’re immune to threats such as match fixing, which is linked to trans-national organised crime.

Police is actively working with sports to counter those risks, and just this week, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU). The MoU is modelled on similar agreements we have with other sporting bodies, including the International Cricket Council and the New Zealand Rugby Union, and aims to combat activities that could be prejudicial to racing in this country.

I welcome the ongoing support of sporting bodies to help ensure that international organised crime groups can’t line their pockets at the expense of fans here.

A cause for celebration

On Monday, Police staff from around New Zealand will parade through Wellington in the culmination of relays from Cape Reinga and Bluff to the capital to mark 75 years of women in Police.

This has been a great way to celebrate an important milestone not just for our staff and organisation, but for all New Zealanders.

I encourage members of the public who want to join in the fun to line the streets and show your support for your police service. The parade forms at Civic Square at 11.30 and leaves as 12.15, taking the usual route down Willis Street and Lambton Quay to Parliament. It’d be great to see you there.

Until next time, stay safe.

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