Fifty four recruits from NZ Police 362 wing will be attested and graduate from their initial training course today.
Attending the ceremony will be Commissioner Andrew Coster; Minister of Police, Stuart Nash and 362-wing patron The Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi.
Top of wing, recruit James Bensley, studied Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and then completed a post graduate diploma in teaching to become a Physical Education teacher.
“I am honoured to have achieved this award. I have joined the New Zealand Police as I am passionate about justice and completing processes to get the best outcomes for individuals,” he says.
James is being posted to Southern District.
Recruit Scott Morrison is the Wing leadership award winner. Before joining police, Scott worked a variety of jobs before joining the army.
“I had the honour and privilege to serve in the New Zealand Army. I now take great pride in having this opportunity to serve my country in a domestic setting through the New Zealand Police,” he said.
“It was the idea of service that encouraged me to apply for the Police and am dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people who need it.”
Scott is being posted to Central District.
A recruit with more members of the family inside police than seems possible is Kelsey Geayley. Kelsey’s dad is one of the longest serving members on Eagle helicopter (Air Support Unit). Kelsey also has an uncle, who works as a police officer-in-charge of the Maritime Rescue Centre.
Among the remaining recruits is Olympic swimmer, Recruit Carina Doyle, who has abeen posted to Auckland; a Junior Blacksticks Hockey Player, Recruit Leah Hodges, who will head to Waikato; and Bailee Carr, who is a Netball New Zealand Development Squad member.
Bailee is also a graduate of the Police Pathways Course from the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Napier and will return to Eastern District to start her policing career.