Tuesday, 31 August 2004 - 12:01pm |
National News

118th New Zealand Police Anniversary

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New Zealand Police will celebrate 118 years of service tomorrow (1 September 2004).

The New Zealand Police Act, which established the Police we know today, was passed on 1 September 1886.

At The Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) an early morning parade will recognise the anniversary. Approximately 160 police staff, including Deputy Commissioner Steve Long, will be attending.

"For 118 years police officers have provided a wealth of vital services to New Zealanders 24 hours a day," says National Manager: Training and Professional Development Superintendent Alistair (Olly) Beckett.

"New Zealand Police history is rich with a succession of outstanding individuals who have built the capability and service we provide today.

"There was a time in New Zealand when police worked a seven-day week and travelled around on horseback and bicycle. Fifty-odd years ago there were no police radios and the 111 emergency line didn’t exist."

The New Zealand Police Museum, located at The Royal New Zealand Police College just north of Porirua City, tells the story of policing in New Zealand using original evidence and police memorabilia. It is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-4pm, closed public holidays.

118th Anniversary Parade

The Anniversary Parade will take place on Wednesday 1 September at The Royal New Zealand Police College between 7:30-8:30am.

To attend please RSVP by 5:00pm Tuesday 31 August 2004 to:

Toni Barlow
Communications Adviser
The Royal New Zealand Police College
(04) 238 3413 / 0274 419 216