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

More Evidence - Scoop Press Conference Recordings:
PM's Post-Cab Presser 8/8/11
"at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ..."

Hager Revelations: Inquiry Into NZSIS Release Of Goff Docs

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information to Mr Cameron Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes...

“I am satisfied there is a sufficient public interest justifying the commencement of an own-motion inquiry into the substance of the issues raised with my Office,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

Goff: Director’s Letter Contradicts Key’s Claims

At yesterday’s media standup, when asked on the topic John Key said ‘I wasn’t told’...
“In a letter dated November 2011 former SIS director Warren Tucker states three times that ‘in accordance with the usual practice of keeping the minister informed’ the Prime Minister had been told. More>>


 

Parliament Today:

Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Fish Pun Warning: By Hoki! It’s Labour’s Fisheries Policy

A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More>>

ALSO:

It's Official: Governor General Gives Direction To Conduct Election

The Governor General has signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the General Election on 20 September 2014. This is the formal authority to run the 2014 election, and enables candidate nominations to open tomorrow Thursday 21 August 2014. More>>

Gordon Campbell: No More Mr Nice Guy

When future historians seek to identify the exact moment when the prime ministerial career of John Key hit the downward slope, they may well point to Key’s interview yesterday with Guyon Espiner on RNZ’s Morning Report. More>>

ALSO:

Dirty (Politics) Weekend: Collins’ Admission Reason For Key To Act

"Despite claiming that the evidence about her in Nicky Hager's book was ‘false’ Judith Collins has now been forced to admit that she did send information about a Ministerial Services staff member to Cameron Slater for him to use in a baseless smear campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Potential Disasters: Underground Coal Fire On Denniston Plateau

Forest & Bird says one or more coal fires have broken out beneath the Denniston Plateau, and that the Department of Conservation (DOC) must stop Bathurst Resources’ preparatory mining work going on there until the fire or fires are extinguished. More>>

ALSO:

Bikes: Nats Plan $100 Million For Urban Cycleways

Prime Minister John Key has today announced $100 million in new funding will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres. More>>

ALSO:

New Tax Bracket, Child Poverty Fund: Greens Launch Billion Dollar Plan To Reduce Child Poverty

The Green Party has launched a billion dollar package to significantly reduce child poverty in New Zealand. The details of the plan were released at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news