Polic­ing all in the fam­ily for Glen

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

From left to right: Sue and Dave Allan, Glen and Brit­tany Allan, and Rus­sell Joseph share a fam­ily mo­ment.

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