Many of the 72 new police officers who will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College tomorrow will help to boost provincial police stations.
Greymouth, an area of particular need, will receive three new graduates. Among them is a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff, Constable Mark Harris. Since moving to the West Coast two years ago, Mark has been working as a glacier guide at Fox Glacier, but decided to return to policing. "I'm going to really enjoy working in a small community where you get to know people," he says.
Not far away in Nelson, another three new constables will start. One is NZ Women's Volleyball representative Constable Carol Scoltock. "The challenges and variation that policing provides is what attracted me. My volleyball has been on hold while I've been at Police College, but I hope to pick it up again soon."
Wing 226 will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua at 2:00pm on Thursday 6 October 2005.
* 72 recruits will graduate â€“ 58 male and 14 female
* The average age of wing members is 29 (the youngest is 20 and the oldest is 45)
Northland: Dargaville (1), Kerikeri (1), Whangarei (2)
North Shore/Waitakere/Rodney: Henderson (3), Orewa (1), Takapuna (2)
Counties Manukau: Howick (1), Manurewa (3), Otahuhu (4), Pukekohe (1)
Waikato: Hamilton (3)
Bay of Plenty: Rotorua (3), Taupo (1), Tauranga (3), Tokoroa (2), Whakatane (1)
Eastern: Gisborne (1), Hastings (2), Napier (1)
Central: Hawera (1), Levin (1), New Plymouth (3), Palmerston North (4), Taumarunui (1), Wanganui (3)
Wellington: Lower Hutt (1), Masterton (1), Upper Hutt (1), Wellington (1), Wellington Traffic Alcohol Group (1)
Tasman: Greymouth (3), Nelson (3)
Canterbury: Christchurch (9), Timaru (1)
Southern: Dunedin (2)
Wing 226 prize winners:
* Ministerâ€™s Prize for First in Wing was awarded to Constable Brad GREENSTREET posted to Christchurch.
Constable GREENSTREET was also awarded the HOLDEN Tactical Skills and Safety Prize (overall winner in defensive tactics, firearms and driving).
* Commissionerâ€™s Prize for Second in Wing was awarded to Constable Nicholas PARLANE posted to Greymouth.
Constable PARLANE was also awarded the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award.
* Patronâ€™s Prize for Third in Wing was awarded to Constable Darren BRYCE posted to Nelson.
Constable BRYCE was also awarded the Ericsson Practical Prize (overall winner for practical assessments, file preparation and fingerprinting).
* The International Police Association Academic Prize (overall winner for academic exams) was awarded to Constable Mei CHAU, posted to Manurewa.
Constable CHAU was also awarded a Police Association Prize for Section Achievement (see below).
* The Meltzer Prize for Weapon Training was awarded to Constable Jason LANGMAN, posted to New Plymouth.
* The Driver Training Award was awarded to Constable Robert LYLE, posted to Rotorua.
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 Mei CHAU, posted to Manurewa.
Section Two, Constable Joseph HUNTER, posted to Manurewa.
Section Three, Constable Michael KINGSTON posted to Christchurch.
Wing Patron: Bob Kerridge MNZM
Bob Kerridge is a well-known figure in animal welfare, in particular through his work for the Auckland SPCA. He has been with the Auckland SPCA since 1985 and became their chief executive in 2001.
During his time with the organisation he has introduced new business systems, organisational goals and promotional activities. He has also been fundamental in bringing different animal welfare agencies together to solve common issues. He was named a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to animal welfare in 2005.
For more information or to attend graduation please contact:
Toni Barlow, Communications Adviser - 04 238 3413 / 0274 419 216