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Wing 348 to graduate at the Police College

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Fifty-nine new constables of Wing 348 were attested yesterday, at the Police College in Porirua, and will graduate tomorrow Thursday 25 November.

Commissioner Andrew Coster, Police Minister Poto Williams and Wing Patron Dr Mustafa Farouk QSM will attend the graduation ceremony. 

Dr Farouk is a member of the Police Muslim Communities Reference Group. This group guides Police in the implementation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the 15 March Terrorist Attacks.

In the aftermath of those attacks in Christchurch, Dr Farouk deployed immediately alongside Police. He played a pivotal role liaising with police, helping to plan the response to provide reassurance to affected families and the wider Muslim community. He has also been a voice for the Muslim community 
on firearms law reform and an advocate to address hate and discrimination.

When he spoke to the wing on their first day of training, Dr Farouk emphasised the importance of relationships between police and their communities.

“No matter what you do, relationships are important because that is what will make your work easier. My advice to you is get to know the people you’ll be dealing with.”

Due to COVID restrictions, limited numbers of family and friends have been invited to the graduation from alert level 2 areas of the country. The ceremony will also be livestreamed to those unable to attend. 


Minister’s Award recognising top student – Constable Lewis Ferguson, 
Counties Manukau District

Patron’s Award for Second in Wing, recognising second top student – 
Constable Friederike Faber, Counties Manukau District

Commissioner’s Award for Leadership – Constable Matthew White, Northland 

Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award – Constable Tama Tukaki, 
Canterbury District

Driver Training and Road Policing Practice Award – Constable Lisa Garrity, 
Eastern District

Firearms Award – Constable Wayne Sandbrook, Central District


The wing is being dispersed to districts as follows, starting their frontline duty on 6 December: 

Northland – 2, Tamaki Makaurau – 21, Waikato – 4, Bay of Plenty – 2, Eastern – 6, Central – 5, Wellington – 8, Tasman – 3, Canterbury – 3, Southern – 5

Wing demographics

Female 42.4%, gender diverse 3.4%, and male 54.2%; NZ European 69.5%; Māori 11.9%; Pacific 8.5%; Asian 6.8%; Other 3.4%

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