Inspired by the Humans of New York photoblog, we’re showcasing some of the incredible experiences of people throughout our organisation.
Tracey, Inspector, Area Commander: Kapiti-Mana
Kia ora koutou katoa. Born in Rotorua, I am the youngest of ten children, feeling extremely blessed to have grown up surrounded by my very big whānau.
When I left school I began working in the Rotorua Courthouse. This is where my first interactions with Police began and it very much set the course for my wanting to join.
In 1995, I very proudly graduated from the RNZPC and was posted back to my hometown of Rotorua.
I am grateful to have worked in three Policing Districts (Bay of Plenty, Tasman and Wellington), Police National Headquarters and the Royal NZ Police College. This has provided me with opportunities to experience a variety of roles which has expanded my breadth and knowledge of the wider organisation.
My career pathway deviated somewhat when I was promoted to Officer in Charge (OC), Youth and Families in Nelson. Until then I had been working as a detective in the Nelson Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).
Although this area of policing was a steep learning curve for me, I soon realised that the rehabilitative and restorative practices within this area, as well as working with our young people and their whānau, was exactly where I wanted to be.
I have worked as the Practice Leader: Maori, Culture and Diversity, Manager: Youth at PNHQ, Maori Responsiveness Manager in Wellington and currently I am the Area Commander in Kapiti-Mana. I am very community and people focused and work extremely hard to serve them to the best of my ability, no matter what role I hold in the New Zealand Police.
In 26 years, I have worked with some amazing people and made lifelong friends. I am unconditionally supported by my husband and two children, one of whom, Lucia, proudly refers to me in the Race Unity Speech Awards 2020 – here she is.