Long service, good conduct rewarded
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.