Family ties to blue ties

Family ties to blue ties

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Left to right Billie, Jordan and Angelique
  • Left to right Billie, Jordan and Angelique
  • Constable Cook and Commissioner of Police Mike Bush
Wellington

Constable Billie Cook is keeping it in the family by joining her mother,  Constable  Angelique Williams, in the Hutt Valley, Wellington, on the beat as a sworn police officer.

Constable Cook graduated from Wing 328, the Venkat Raman Wing, on 1 August, along with 77 other new constables with a variety of skills and backgrounds. She is one of seven from the wing who will be deployed to Wellington District.

She has been working as a Police officer for about a week now, and says she is eager to make a difference.

“Having the opportunity to have a positive impact on someone’s life is the ultimate goal that I aspire to, and to me that gives me the ultimate satisfaction. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to join, but also having a family member in police coming home and telling stories about her day and the variety of it made me think it would be a great career for me.

"Going through the recruiting process and police college really opened my eyes to a whole new way of policing, and I am very eager to get out there and make a difference in my community.”

Constable Cook's partner, Jordan Clark, is also a police officer based in Kapiti, where he works front line in a public safety team.

“I graduated in November 2017 on Wing 309 and our Patron was Tina Cross," he says.  

“I was inspired to join because a family friend took me for a ride along and I was hooked on the diverse nature of the job and freedom to make a difference in local communities."
Constable Cook's mum, Constable Williams, has been in Police now for a year and a half and is thoroughly enjoying it – enough to encourage her daughter to join.

“I wanted to join the police since a young age but got side-tracked doing various other jobs along the way," she says.

"None of the other jobs really made me feel like I was helping people in the community so I decided to give it a go.

"The recruiting process can be long, you just have to stay focused because it’s well worth it. If you’re interested... give it a go,” she says.

Anyone interested in joining Police should get in touch on 0800 NEW COPS, or find out more at  www.newcops.co.nz.

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Issued by Police Media Centre