Schools cop new deal
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.”