Schools cop new deal

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

The New Zealand Po­lice are look­ing to Auck­land’s rugby fields for their next gen­er­a­tion of of­fi­cers.

The ser­vice has signed up to spon­sor the Auck­land first 15 sec­ondary schools rugby com­pe­ti­tion, which kicked off two weeks ago.

It’s the first time the event has been spon­sored and Auck­land Rugby Union sec­ondary schools de­vel­op­ment man­ager Mike McCahill is ex­cited by the de­vel­op­ment.

“It will al­low us to give the schools a num­ber of things, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and some new gear.”

It will also en­cour­age young­sters to view the po­lice in a pos­i­tive light when they at­tend games and give out player of the day awards, he says.

Po­lice re­cruit­ment and mar­ket­ing man­ager James Whi­taker says polic­ing and rugby have a lot in com­mon.

“Both in­volve think­ing on your feet and team­work.”

Mr Whi­taker says spon­sor­ing the tour­na­ment is some­thing the po­lice have been look­ing at for a while.

“It’s a log­i­cal pro­gres­sion. We’ve just taken out spon­sor­ship with the Waitem­ata Rugby Union as well. For three years the kids will see us and it will fos­ter a more pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship.”

The spon­sor­ship is also a re­cruit­ment tool.

“We want young Auck­lan­ders to know we have quite a lot to of­fer them if they are in­ter­ested.”

The ser­vice is also keen to train of­fi­cers and send them back to work in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

He says the feed­back has been great so far.

“It’s a mat­ter of be­ing there to an­swer any ques­tions they may have and giv­ing out player of the day awards.”

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