After dozens of delegate reports to the Police Association’s 2023 conference drew attention to the appalling state of stations and custody units across the country, recent Police News inquiries confirm the momentous infrastructure issues that Police face within its property portfolio. CARLA AMOS reports.
It was 3.40am on a Sunday when a “beat shift” crew of four decided to do one more lap of Hamilton’s nightclubs before they called it a night.
Minutes later, with flames licking at their faces, they were trying to save two men in a burning car.
As many association members know, the effects of being involved in a fatal police shooting are long lasting. ERICA GEORGE investigates how Police is continually improving the way it reintegrates staff after such events.
Police Association member Sean Hatwell always wanted to be a police officer so, after completing a degree in psychology and sociology in Auckland, he joined Police at the age of 23.
Sean cut his teeth on the frontline in Mt Wellington after graduating in 2008. After 18 months, he moved into the CIB. Then, in early 2016, when he was working as a detective with the National Organised Crime Group (NOCG), an opportunity arose to lead human trafficking and child sexual exploitation investigations in Thailand.