Plau­dits for po­lice dur­ing pay pa­rade

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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