Inspired by the Humans of New York photoblog, we’re showcasing some of the incredible stories and experience of people throughout our organisation.
Morgan, Custody Officer, Wellington
“I began my journey with New Zealand Police in September 2015 after returning to New Zealand from a trip around South Africa. At this time, I took up a position as a Station Support Officer (SSO). Prior to this, I had worked for TVNZ, in retail, the accounting sector and then in the recruitment sector.
“I spent seven months working in the Hutt Valley District as an SSO before taking up a new role as a Custody Officer at Wellington Central Police Station - a position I still hold today.
“At the age of 19, while working for an accountancy company, I made my first application to join Police. Unfortunately, I was stood down for two years due to my lack of life experience. At this time, I made an effort to undertake studies that would not only benefit myself but would also be valuable to Police when re-submitting my application.
“I enrolled and undertook levels 1, 2 and 3 of NZ Sign Language at Victoria University - a skill I have used in my current role. I also completed Law by correspondence to obtain basic knowledge of the New Zealand legal system, as well as Criminology/Profiling, Psychology and Forensic Science.
“Over the years, I have spent time undertaking volunteer work with Billy Graham at his boxing academy and have also done stints of volunteer work at Ronald McDonald House in Newtown.
“The role of Custody Officer has enabled me to practice and understand the core values of Police and expand my knowledge of policing. I still intend on re-submitting my application in the hope of becoming a police officer and I believe the knowledge and experience I have obtained in my six years in Police will add value to my application as I have no false illusions about what policing involves.”