Po­lice recog­nised for ac­tions


Six po­lice staff from Alexan­dra and Cromwell have re­ceived com­men­da­tions for their ac­tions at two se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in the area in 2015 and 2016.

Cen­tral Otago mayor Tim Cado­gan and South­ern Po­lice District Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Basham pre­sented awards to the staff in front of about 40 col­leagues, fam­ily and friends at a cer­e­mony in Alexan­dra.

De­tec­tive Gary Hyn­d­man and sta­tion sup­port of­fi­cer Deb Hyn­d­man re­ceived com­mis­sioner’s com­men­da­tions for ef­forts at Cromwell in July 2015.

Mrs Hyn­d­man re­ceived a call from a dis­traught woman who had found a sui­cide note from her hus­band. She was able to re­as­sure and calm the woman and ob­tain suf­fi­cient de­tail to al­low De­tec­tive Hyn­d­man to find the man, who had a firearm and was threat­en­ing self-harm. After a lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tion De­tec­tive Hyn­d­man per­suaded him to sur­ren­der.

Sergeant Derek Eal­son re­ceived a com­mis­sioner’s com­men­da­tion and se­nior con­sta­bles Arnold Hooykaas, Michael Col­li­gan and Pa­trick Hen­der­son re­ceived area com­man­der’s com­men­da­tions for ef­forts at Clyde in Jan­uary 2016. A man had set fire to a car then went to a nearby house, oc­cu­pied by his ex­part­ner and a baby. Eal­son, sup­ported by the other of­fi­cers, ne­go­ti­ated with the man, and was able to gain the safe re­lease of the woman and child.

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