Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Search and Rescue star shines – Police graduation

Search and Rescue star shines – Police graduation on Thursday

Forty new constables will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College in Wing 277 on Thursday. Their wing patron is Dame Margaret Bazley ONZ, DNZM.

Constable Rochelle Andrews, from Wellington, has taken out four of the top awards including the Minister’s Award for First in Wing.

Rochelle is no stranger to stepping up to help her community. Prior to joining police Rochelle volunteered with Land Search and Rescue (SAR) and was an active member of search operations where police and civilians worked closely together. On one such occasion she was part of the team who found a 5-year-old autistic boy who had got lost on the Orongorongo Track (Rimutaka Forest Park).

Constable Andrews says she is keen to develop a strong foundation in general duties policing before evaluating her career options, but she is keen to return to her passion where possible.

“I’m hoping to join the Wellington Police SAR squad and go back on searches with my old friends, just in a different uniform”.

“I think search and rescue is a great aspect of police work because people are usually very happy to see you when they are found…as opposed to attitudes of offenders when they are found”.

While at Police College the ‘stars aligned’ and Rochelle was lucky enough to meet two officers who had recently been awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to New Zealand Police and Search and Rescue. Sergeant Dene Duthie (MNZM), from Auckland and Senior Constable Philip Simmonds (MNZM), from Canterbury.


Wing 277 award winners:

Minister’s Award for First in Wing was awarded to Constable Rochelle Andrews, posted to Wellington. Constable Andrews was also awarded the Prevention Award (for the overall winner of Practical Assessments and Fingerprinting), the Information Technology Skills Award (overall winner in Computer Skills and Skills Files), and the Weapon Training Award (for the top student in all Firearms assessments). The Prevention Award is supported by the Crimestoppers Trust.

Commissioner’s Award for Second in Wing was awarded to Constable Elliot Bartley, posted to Auckland City. Constable Bartley was also awarded the Academic Award (for the overall winner of Academic Exams 1, 2 and 3).

Patron’s Award for Third in Wing was awarded to Constable Daniel Wood, posted to Auckland City.

The Tactical Skills and Safety Award (overall winner in Defensive Tactics, Firearms and Driving) was awarded to Constable Brett Simons, posted to Counties-Manukau. Constable Simons was also jointly awarded the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award (top student in all Defensive Tactics assessments).

The Driver Training Award (for the top student in all Driver Training assessments) was awarded to Constable Stuart Clarke, posted to Counties-Manukau.

The Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award (top student in all Defensive Tactics assessments) was jointly awarded to Constable Kirsten Peacock, posted to Wellington, and Constable Brett Simons (see above).

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 Melissa Curtis, posted to Wellington
Section Two - Constable Duncan Walker, posted to Waitematä

Graduation will take place at The Royal New Zealand Police College on Thursday 27 June at 2:00pm. The ceremony will be attended by the Minister of Police, the Hon Anne Tolley and the Police Commissioner Peter Marshall.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election