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Officer Killed On Duty

11 July 2008

Officer Killed On Duty

"The killing of Sergeant Derek Wootton as he tried to stop a fleeing stolen vehicle in Titahi Bay early this morning is a tragedy felt by every police officer in New Zealand and their families," said President of the New Zealand Police Association, Greg O'Connor.

"The death of any colleague is hard to take, but especially so when they are killed in the line of duty, serving and protecting the public.

"This event will affect every police officer in New Zealand, as we share in the grief of losing a valued, dedicated and highly respected colleague.

It will also inevitably give each of us cause once again to reflect on the risks every police officer faces when they are called to do their duty to public safety.

"Police like Sergeant Wootton began routine night shifts all around New Zealand yesterday, only to receive news of this tragic death before their shift was over. Those officers especially will have returned home to their families this morning with very heavy hearts, and the worst possible reminder of the dangers they themselves face every time they go to work.

"Our thoughts are with Sergeant Wootton's partner, family, and the many close friends he had in the police, at this most difficult time," Mr O'Connor said.

ENDS

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