New constables from Wing 353 will join the NZ Police front line on Monday after graduating in a ceremony attended by Police Minister, Poto Williams; Wing Patron, Lil Anderson, and Commissioner Andrew Coster yesterday.
Recruit Jordan Broderick topped the wing and received the Minister’s Award at the ceremony. Jordan says when deciding on his career path, policing stood out to him.
“Every day is different and dynamic and I want to be part of a close-knit team who are not just colleagues, but whānau,” he said.
To attain his goal, Jordan has also gained a post-graduate degree in which he specialised in criminology. He will be posted to the Counties Manukau Police District.
Second in wing and receiving the Patron’s Award was Recruit Jessica Hinchliff, posted to Southern District. Jessica completed a science degree in pharmacology and toxicology then worked on the Mycoplasma bovis eradication effort.
“Part of my job there was to provide a level of reassurance to the farmers during a stressful time for them. I relate this to policing in that an essential part of an officer’s position is to act in a professional, respectful and reassuring manner to everyone they interact with,” she said.
Recruit Isaac Tamapeau achieved the Commissioner’s Award for Leadership and his “dream career”.
“All my life I have wanted to be a police officer. Helping others is something I’ve always wanted to do and I believe Police will give me that opportunity, while testing me in new ways,” he said.
Isaac has previously been a warehouse worker and ramp agent loading and unloading aircraft, and has played team sports all his life. He is being posted to Counties Manukau Police District.
Wing Patron Lil Anderson (Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi) has been a mentor to the wing. She is a highly-regarded leader in the public sector, currently the Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive) of the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti.