Thursday, 9 December 2004 - 10:01am |
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75 new police officers in time for Christmas

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Seventy-five new police officers will hit the streets before Christmas following their graduation from The Royal New Zealand Police College at 2:00pm today.

They are joining 270 other probationary constables who have joined Police ranks this year.

• 76 recruits will graduate – 60 males (includes one Tongan Police Officer) and
16 females
• 37 recruits will be posted to Auckland districts
• 13 recruits will be posted to Wellington
• 20 recruits will be posted to other North Island districts
• 5 recruits will be posted to the South Island
• 1 recruit will return to the Tongan Police Service

Postings in detail:

Auckland Central (1), Avondale (8), Dannevirke (1), Dargaville (1), Downtown Auckland (2), Gisborne (1), Hastings (2), Henderson (5), Howick (3), Invercargill (1), Kerikeri (1), Levin (2), Lower Hutt (4), Mt Wellington (7), Nelson (2), New Plymouth (1), Palmerston North (5), Papakura (1), Paraparaumu (2), Porirua (1), Queenstown (2), Takapuna (10), Tauranga (1), Thames (1), Wairoa (1), Wanganui (3), Wellington (6). One returns to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Wing 220 prize winners:

• Minister’s Prize for First in Wing was jointly awarded to Constable Nicola KETT posted to Invercargill and Constable Michael SIMMONS posted to Henderson.

• Patron’s Prize for Third in Wing was awarded to Constable Adrian CUPIT posted to Nelson.

• International Police Association Academic Prize (overall winner for academic exams) was awarded to Constable Nicola KETT posted to Invercargill.

• Ericsson Practical Prize (overall winner for practical assessments, file preparation and fingerprinting) was awarded to Constable Nicola KETT posted to Invercargill.

• The HOLDEN Tactical Skills & Safety Prize (overall winner in Defensive Tactics, Firearms & Driving) was awarded to Constable Paul CARPENTER posted to Paraparaumu.

Pre-Graduation Prize List:

• The Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award was awarded to Constable Paul CARPENTER posted to Paraparaumu.

• The Meltzer Prize for Weapon Training was awarded to Constable William DAWSON posted to Kerikeri.

• The Driver Training Award was awarded to Constable Daniel ANDREW posted to Queenstown.

Police Association Prizes for Section Achievement:

This prize is awarded to an individual from each section who, in the collective view of the members of the section and the wing instructors, made the greatest contribution to the overall success of the team.

Section One Constable Stephen CROSS, posted to Wellington.

Section Two Constable James COWEN, posted to Wellington.

Section Three Constable Thomas RANSFIELD, posted to Wellington.

Section Four Constable Maxine WALSHE, posted to Dannevirke

Wing Patron: Brigadier Tim Brewer

Brigadier Tim Brewer is a litigation lawyer in New Plymouth and has held the post of Law Commissioner (1997-2001). In 1988 he was appointed a Crown Solicitor making him responsible for the prosecution of people accused of serious crime in Taranaki.

He also has a strong interest in military law from his service in the Territorial Force and is currently Territorial Forces Adviser to the Chief of Defence Force. He was awarded a Territorial Forces Efficiency Decoration (ED) in 1994 and appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2003 for his services to the Territorial Forces.