Policing all in the family for Glen
Glen Allan added to a proud family tradition when he graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College last Thursday.
The Whitby resident graduated from recruit wing 291.
His wife, Brittany, graduated from the college in 2011 and works in Wellington Central as a constable attached to the Wellington District Car squad.
His father, Dave Allan, is a recently retired inspector. He joined as a cadet and served for 39 years.
Sue Allan, Glen’s mother, also worked for the police as a civilian staff member during the 1980s.
Russell Joseph, Glen’s fatherin-law, served in the police for nearly 20 years. He was a member of the Criminal Investigation Branch and reached the rank of detective sergeant.
‘‘It is a proud moment and it was humbling to stand among the graduates,’’ Glen Allan said. I’ve been working hard and to have it finally happen is great,’’ Glen said.
‘‘There were a few setbacks, but I’ve done it now.’’
Before becoming a police officer, Glen was a security supervisor.
Glen said his father used to tell him stories about the police, and that it was probably a reason why he signed up to become an officer.
But when asked what really made him want to join the police, Glen said it was always about helping people.
Glen, who will be involved in the Kapiti Mana district, has a couple of weeks off after completing the 18-week course and will start work next Wednesday.
He was born at Kenepuru Hospital, and grew up in Porirua, though he attended St Patrick’s College Silverstream.
His father said the graduation was a very proud moment.
‘‘It’s more for him [Glen], rather than following our footsteps. He put in the hard work,’’ Dave Allan said.
Sarina Joseph, Glen’s mother- in-law, said she was pleased with the success of the family.
‘‘This is a hugely exciting time for both families as many members, from both sides, have a long history with the New Zealand Police,’’ she said.
From left to right: Sue and Dave Allan, Glen and Brittany Allan, and Russell Joseph share a family moment.