Award presented to watch house officer
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.