Award pre­sented to watch house of­fi­cer

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion - By LAURA MCLEAY

Mata­mata Po­lice watch house of­fi­cer Karen Tur­ney has been for­mally recog­nised for her long­stand­ing ser­vice at the Mata­mata Po­lice Sta­tion.

She was pre­sented with a Long Ser­vice and Good Con­duct award at the Waikato District Pay Pa­rade Medals and Awards Cer­e­mony held at the Hamil­ton Gar­dens.

Ms Tur­ney said stand­ing along- side 80 other po­lice of­fi­cers who re­ceived awards was an hon­our.

‘‘Be­cause I have never been to Po­lice Col­lege, I have not been a part of their ser­vices and all the for­mal­i­ties that go along with it – it was re­ally ex­cit­ing,’’ she said.

Ms Tur­ney is a non sworn mem­ber of the po­lice and her role in­cludes an­swer­ing the phones, deal­ing with re­quests at the front counter, lis­ten­ing out for the ra­dio and typ­ing out all the files.

She started re­liev­ing at

the Mata­mata Po­lice Sta­tion in 1995 and took on full time work soon af­ter. ‘‘I just love my job and I en­joy the peo­ple I work with here,’’ she said.

Ms Tur­ney said out­side of work she kept busy with her fam­ily, vis­it­ing the gym and walk­ing her dogs.

‘‘ My leisure time is spent watch­ing my boys par­tic­i­pate in their sports; cricket, hockey and sail­ing. But I do en­joy a quiet read when I have the time,’’ she said.

Time served: Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Peter Mar­shall awards Karen Tur­ney for 14 years’ ser­vice at the Mata­mata Po­lice sta­tion.

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