Long ser­vice, good con­duct re­warded

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA MCLEAY

With a heart of gold, Bruce Milne is pas­sion­ate about help­ing out the com­mu­nity – even af­ter 42 years on the job.

The Mata­mata com­mu­nity con­sta­ble was pre­sented with a long ser­vice and good con­duct award at the an­nual Waikato Po­lice pay pa­rade held at Waikato Sta­dium last Fri­day.

Last week he was also given a 20-year ser­vice badge from Vic­tim Sup­port, along with former Chron­i­cle editor San­dra Hunter.

Mr Milne joined the po­lice force in 1969 as a 17-year-old cadet in Welling­ton and came to Mata­mata in 1979. He was as­signed as a con­sta­ble on the front line and in 1989 he be­came the Mata­mata com­mu­nity of­fi­cer, the role he still holds to­day. ‘‘I en­joy the va­ri­ety this job gives and the peo­ple con­tact,’’ he said. ‘‘You meet so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life and to be able to help them out, is why I do it.’’ Mr Milne is the po­lice li­ai­son for Vic­tim Sup­port in Mata­mata and said he was very pas­sion­ate about the way vic­tims were treated.

Two other Mata­mata de­tec­tives were also recog­nised for their ef­forts and the Mata­mata-pi­ako Ro­tary Po­lice Per­son of the Year an­nounced.

Steve Lang­don and Chris Smith re­ceived medals for 14 years’ ser­vice to the po­lice force and Mor­rinsville Con­sta­ble Stu­art Lye was named Po­lice Per­son of the Year for his en­thu­si­asm, com­mit­ment and work ethic. He is the first per­son to re­ceive the award. Last week the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle ran a story on Page 1 about sal­mo­nella spread­ing through lo­cal dairy farms. A num­ber of peo­ple feel this ar­ti­cle in­sin­u­ated that meal feed­ers were the prob­lem. To clar­ify, it is not the meal feed­ers them­selves that can be con­tam­i­nated but the con­tents put into them. We apol­o­gise for any con­fu­sion this may have caused.

Re­warded: Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble Bruce Milne, with Po­lice Min­is­ter Ju­dith Collins.

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