Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


UK cops graduate from Police College

UK cops graduate from Police College

The former United Kingdom officers graduating today from an accelerated Police College course are all bound for Auckland, Police Minister George Hawkins says.

The 74 officers would be required to serve at least two years in Auckland, mainly in Auckland City and Counties Manukau policing districts, Mr Hawkins said. They would be on the beat immediately.

“As such, they will be continuing the focus of providing police for Auckland that has already seen 114 more police in the area this month,” he said.

Before today’s graduation, New Zealand had around 7400 sworn and 2159 non-sworn police. Police numbers had risen greatly from the 6939 sworn officers and 1734 non-sworn staff the Labour-led government inherited in November 1999, Mr Hawkins said.

Under the patronage of British High Commissioner Sir Richard Fell, the 68 male and six female recruits of Wing 212 completed an 11-week accelerated course, based on the College’s current 19-week recruit training programme.

The course took into account the officers’ previous experience, tailored to skills deemed essential for the Auckland area. It included police, driver, computer and firearms training and defensive tactics.

The officers, with an average age of 35 years, had previous experience across 29 English, Scottish and Irish policing districts. Individual’s specialist training included firearms, crash analysis, criminal investigation and terrorist response.

Ranks previously held included constable, detective constable, detective sergeant, sergeant and trainee detective constable. All were required to meet the expectations of the Porirua College’s standard recruit wing, Mr Hawkins said.

Of the graduates Newmarket would receive 4 officers, Auckland Central 11, Mangere 2, Pukekohe 3, TAG Harbour Bridge 3, Avondale 10 , Papakura 7, ER Wiri 16, Onehunga 4, Glen Innes 2, Otahuhu 5, Manurewa 2, Otara 2, Balmoral 2.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news