Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Cyber bullying story calls for more female Police recruits

Extraordinary cyber bullying story calls for more female Police recruits

New Zealand Police are hoping to inspire more young women to apply for a police career through sharing the extraordinary story of Constable Penni Eggleton.

Constable Eggleton’s extraordinary story is at the centre of the latest installation of a NZ Police recruitment drive. Constable Eggleton helped a woman in her early 20s who was receiving hundreds of threatening text messages from an ex-boyfriend – a man with a history of violent behaviour towards women.

The new street art has been installed at Massey University in Wellington and includes hundreds of real TXT messages sent by the victim’s ex-boyfriend. The launch of this iteration of the NZ Police campaign coincides with White Ribbon month which asks men to pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence towards women.

Constable Eggleton, who now works in the Wellington Family Violence Team, says, "Over the course of just two days, the victim received over 100 TXTs. These ranged from being affectionate in nature, through to vicious threats. I worked through the messages and realised the immense danger the young woman was in. I created a safety plan to ensure the situation did not escalate into physical violence and got the offender locked up.

"In our team, we deal with a significant number of cases involving TXT and cyber bullying. When relationships break down it can cause a rollercoaster of psychological violence. Many young women find themselves receiving violent TXTs and they need to understand that this is a crime and can be a precursor to physical harm," she says.

Inspector Brigitte Nimmo, National Manager of Family Violence for New Zealand Police says, “There are 3,500 convictions recorded each year against men for assaults on women, although it is estimated that only 20 percent of abuse cases are reported. Our aim with this campaign is to increase awareness of what can be done to help victims of abuse, and to highlight the importance of recruiting new cops with digital literacy, who also have great communications skills and empathy for the victims they work to help.”

Constable Eggleton’s street art, depicting her extraordinary story, has the full support of Women’s Refuge, the Families Commission, and the Ministry of Social Development.

Heather Henare, Chief Executive of Women's Refuge, says of the approach, "I'm supportive of New Zealand Police's efforts to recruit those who want to help society's most vulnerable. More than one in three women experience partner violence at some point in their lives and I'm sure there are many young women out there who would feel very empowered to become a cop and make difference for those victims."

Over the past decade, from 2002 – 2012, the number of female police officers has increased by 53 percent. However there is still a lot of work to do and Police are keen to see more women join Police. As of June 2012, only 17.7 percent of the current 8,855 full time equivalent Constabulary employees were female.

New Zealand Police are looking to recruit 160 frontline staff from July 2012 to June 2013. To take the first step in becoming a cop, go to www.newcops.co.nz/extraordinary

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Finance: Major Campaign To End "Gross Overtaxation Of Savings"

The campaign – which includes a special web site through which New Zealanders can e-mail their own and other MPs and party leaders – is backed by Age Concern, Consumer NZ, the Financial Services Council and the Taxpayers’ Union. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Leighton-Led WGP To Build, Manage Transmission Gully

The Wellington Gateway Partnership, led by a unit of ASX-listed Leighton Holdings, has won the $1 billion contract to build the Transmission Gully road north of Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Gareth Morgan: The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – Revisited

Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation... They found that the fresh water policy was a bit murkier than the Environment Minister let on. More>>

ALSO:

Interest Rates: RBNZ Hikes OCR To 3.5%, ‘Period Of Assessment’ Now Needed

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler raised the official cash rate as expected, while signalling a pause in rate hikes to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The kiwi dollar sank after Wheeler said its strength was “unjustified” and that the currency could have “a significant fall.” More>>

ALSO:

Fonterra: Canpac Site 'Resize' To Focus More On Paediatrics

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals... The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site which currently employs 330. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Postie Plus Brand Gets 2nd Chance With Well-Funded Pepkor

The Postie Plus brand is getting a new lease of life after South Africa’s Pepkor bought the failed retailer’s assets out of administration and said it will use its purchasing power to reduce costs of stock and fatten margins. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news