Plaudits for police during pay parade
The annual Kapiti-Mana police pay parade was held last Wednesday, upholding one of the force’s oldest traditions and offering the chance to reflect on the past 12 months.
Nearly 50 officers, along with members of the Wellington police dog section, came to attention in the compound behind the main police station at 3pm.
Kapiti Mana area commander John Spence, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett and his Kapiti colleague Jenny Rowan then inspected the parade.
The tradition dates back to when New Zealand police received their wages every fortnight from their commanders in a formal fashion, gathering for an inspection beforehand.
It was revived in this district in the 1990s as an occasion to acknowledge deeds by officers during the year,whether acts of bravery or the passing of courses, and to recognise the contributions of members of the community.
Mr Spence paid tribute to the ‘‘hard-working men and women of this area’’ who strived to make their community a safe place to live and work. He made special mention of retiring police photographer Bruce Hutton and acting area commander Gail Gibson.
Mr Leggett, after carrying out his first parade inspection, said crime in Porirua was often misrepresented by the media and noted that Kapiti Mana had the best reported crime statistics in the region.
‘‘This is a credit to the work of the police. I thank you for your efforts. I know your job is hard and it can be thankless, but people in this community do appreciate what you are doing. I look forward to working with you in the year ahead.’’