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Key moment for recruits - police graduation on Thursday

Key moment for recruits - police graduation on Thursday

Thirty nine new constables will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College in Wing 274 on Thursday 8 November. Sir Bruce Ferguson KNZM, OBE, AFC is Patron of Wing 274. Sir Bruce is the former Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force and from 2006 to 2011 was director of the Government Communications Security Bureau.

The ceremony will be especially memorable for the recruits with the attendance of the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key. Police Minister the Hon Anne Tolley is currently overseas attending the 81st INTERPOL General Assembly in Rome.

Members of Wing 274 have been posted to stations throughout the country.

Northland - Whangarei (2), Kaikohe (1)
Auckland City - Auckland Central (6)
Waitemat? - Henderson (4), North Shore (1)
Counties-Manukau - Counties-Manukau (2)
Waikato - Hamilton (2), Huntly (1)
Bay of Plenty - Rotorua (1), Taupo (1), Tauranga (1), Tokoroa (1), Whakatane (1)
Eastern - Gisborne (3), Wairoa (1), Napier (1), Hastings (1)
Central - Levin (2), Whanganui (2)
Wellington - Wellington Central (5)

Wing 274 prize winners:

• Minister’s Prize for First in Wing was awarded to Constable Daniel Scott, posted to Gisborne. Constable Scott was also awarded the International Police Association Academic Prize (overall winner for Academic Exams 1, 2 & 3).

• Commissioner’s Prize for Second in Wing was awarded to Constable Karli Whiu, posted to Hastings. Constable Whiu was also awarded the Ericsson Practical Prize (overall winner for Practical Assessments, Skills Files & Fingerprinting).

• Patron’s Prize for Third in Wing was awarded to Constable Jason Wakeling, posted to Whanganui.

• The Holden Tactical Skills & Safety Prize (overall winner in Defensive Tactics, Firearms & Driving) was awarded to Constable Anthony Davidson, posted to Wellington. Constable Davidson was also awarded the Meltzer Prize for Weapon Training and the Driver Training Award, and he was jointly awarded the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award.

• The Intergraph Computer Skills Prize (overall winner in Computer Studies) was awarded to Constable Daniel Shaw, posted to Wellington.

• The Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award was jointly awarded to Constable Anthony Davidson (see above) and Constable Allan Opinion, posted to Henderson.

Police Association Prizes for Section Achievement:

This prize is awarded to an individual from each section who, in the collective view of the members of the section and the wing instructors, made the greatest contribution to the overall success of the team.

• Section One - Constable Olivia Davies, posted to Henderson
• Section Two - Constable Alexander Simister, posted to Napier

Photo: Members of Wing 274 are excited about the Prime Minister attending their graduation ceremony.

Wing Patron: Sir Bruce Ferguson, KNZM, OBE, AFC

Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson, KNZM, OBE, AFC, RNZAF (Rtd) is the former Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force.

Sir Bruce retired in 2006 following a distinguished military career. Before this he was the acting director of the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and from 2006 to 2011 was director of the Government Communications Security Bureau.

In 1977 he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air, a British military award that recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations. In 1984 he received the Air Force Cross, which is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth armed forces, for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying, though not in active operations against the enemy". Ten years later in 1994, Sir Bruce was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

In 2006 he was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Sir Bruce's daughter, Constable Sarah Ferguson, graduated in June 2012 with Wing 272.

Graduation will take place at The Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai Rd, Porirua, on Thursday 8 November at 10:00am (note the earlier start time). The ceremony will be attended by the Prime Minister, the Right Hon John Key and Police Commissioner Peter Marshall.


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