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56 more police graduate, without family guests – the ceremony was streamed on YouTube

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More Police are being deployed to the frontline to help manage the COVID response, after the graduation today of 56 new officers. The ceremonies for the graduation of Wing 340 at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua were trimmed to take account of new Alert Level 2 restrictions.

“The newest officers to join the frontline took their constables’ oaths without the usual presence of family and guests, to observe limits on mass gatherings. Instead the ceremony was live streamed on a private YouTube link for whanau and loved ones,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash.

“They will be deployed all over the country. Twenty-two new constables are posted to the greater Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau area. Reports from the first day of Alert Level Three indicate the vast majority of residents in our largest city have responded well to the new restrictions.

“As at 7.00am today, Police and other support staff had stopped 17,000 vehicles at ten checkpoints around the Auckland boundaries. Just 312 were turned around. Police advise that most people were co-operative and responded positively to requests.

“In the greater Auckland region, as at 7.00am, Police had carried out 852 COVID-related patrols and checks. These included reassurance patrols at essential businesses like supermarkets, responses to complaints about potential breaches, and checks on other businesses.

“Police enforcement of both Alert Levels Three and Two follows the same pattern as our earlier lockdown. Police take a graduated approach where they engage, encourage and educate people about the COVID restrictions, before moving to more formal warnings or even arrests.

“Wing 340 is the 38th Police recruit wing to graduate since the Coalition Government took office. In that time, 2,309 new Police officers have graduated and been deployed to the frontline.

“It takes the total number of full time Police, after turnover and attrition, to approximately 10,167 officers. It represents approximately 1,329 extra officers since the start of the 17/18 financial year, a 15 per cent increase.

“The rollout of new Police is changing the face of modern Policing and making it a more diverse organisation. There are more female officers, Maori, Pasifika and Asian officers, and officers with a wide range of skills and competencies. We are keeping up the momentum to train and deploy new Police to improve community safety and enhance the wellbeing of New Zealanders,” Mr Nash said.

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Fifty-six new cops graduated today from their initial training at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua, with family and friends watching the ceremony via livestream due to Alert Level 2 restrictions.

Constable Daniel Stone’s leadership within the wing over their 16 weeks of training was recognised at the graduation ceremony when he received the Commissioner’s Award for Leadership.

Daniel’s journey into Police saw an early bump on the road when he was told as a 21-year-old to get more life experience before joining.

“At the time I was disappointed, but what my recruiter told me that day has been hugely beneficial for my life experiences so far,” says Daniel, who went on to work his way up from a truck driver to operations manager for a trucking company and travelled widely internationally before coming back to where he started 13 years later. “I hope the experiences I’ve gained will serve me well in becoming a professional and compassionate police officer,” he says. “The two things that made me want to join are the many challenges that I will face and the real sense of helping the community.” Daniel will be working in Wellington District.

Some of the graduates have been led towards a police career through family and friends.

There’s no doubt Constable Jordan Crowe has policing in his blood. His mother and uncle were police officers and his father and two siblings are all currently in the job.

Jordan says hearing his brother’s and sister’s work stories over the dinner table made him decide to join the ‘family business’ – but only after he’d fulfilled other goals in rugby, hospitality and travel. Jordan is a talented rugby player who has played at representative level for Waikato and overseas in England and Holland. Working in hospitality led him to an opportunity of a lifetime working at a hostel and training hospitality staff in Tanzania, which then opened up opportunities to travel through Africa.

After all these experiences, he has also proven he’s ready for the challenge of policing – Jordan received the Award for Second in Wing at the graduation.

He has been posted to Waikato District, where his father, sister and brother also work.

Constable Katie Gray, posted to Counties Manukau District, has led the wing in the course assessments, and as the top student she received the Minister’s Award at the graduation ceremony.

Katie has a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and has worked in the fitness and travel industries, as well as spending time as a volunteer with young people.

Working in and travelling through seven different countries in South East Asia was a unique experience, she says.

“It gave me a deep appreciation of how other cultures live and different people’s values systems, which I will bring with me to policing our diverse communities.”
Katie says she loves working with people and being part of a team, and she’s joined Police to help people feel safe – “to feel like I can make a difference in a very hands-on way.”

Commissioner Andrew Coster, Deputy Prime Minister the Rt Hon Winston Peters and Police Minister the Hon Stuart Nash were present at the graduation ceremony.

Awards

Minister’s Award recognising top student – Constable Katie Gray, Counties Manukau District

Award for second top student – Constable Jordan Crowe, Waikato District

Commissioner’s Award for Leadership – Constable Daniel Stone, Wellington District

Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award – Constable Israel Tawa, Waitematā District

Driver Training and Road Policing Practice Award – Constable William Ball, Canterbury District

Firearms Award – Constable Lukas Meyer, Bay of Plenty District, and Constable Israel Tawa, Waitematā District

Deployment information

The new constables will have a one-week break before starting duties in their districts.

The wing is being dispersed as follows:

Northland – 1

Waitematā – 7

Auckland City – 10

Counties Manukau – 5

Waikato – 5

Bay of Plenty – 5

Eastern – 3

Central – 4

Wellington – 6

Tasman – 1

Canterbury – 6

Southern – 3