We need another hero
Do you know of a member of the New Zealand Police who deserves special recognition for the job they do?
If so, nominations are now open for the annual Matamata Piako Police Person of the Year award, run in conjunction by the Rotary clubs in Matamata and Morrinsville.
Rotary Club of Matamata spokesman Eric Muckle said the public was encouraged to nominate either a sworn police officer holding a rank from constable to senior sergeant, or a non-sworn staff member or volunteer for the award.
The nominations can come from any of the three stations within the district – Morrinsville, Matamata or Te Aroha.
‘‘ The award recognises the special efforts the recipient has put into their job and highlights the aspect of displaying consistent and ongoing excellence in the work they do for the community which he or she serves,’’ Mr Muckle said.
‘‘Police staff can be recognised for any number of contributions they have made, over any period of time in their careers.
‘‘ This award recognises the effort individuals make to ensure their communities are a better place for everyone,’’ he said.
Anyone, including police staff and their families, can nominate a candidate for the award.
‘‘This award is not for heroism or bravery or exceptional skill levels within the job,’’ Mr Muckle said.
‘‘These things are recognised by other awards. This is about highlighting the level of professionalism displayed by the winning entrant to the work they carry out on a day-to-day basis.’’
The winner will be presented with a trophy, a certificate and a cheque from the two Rotary clubs to donate to the charity of his or her choice.
Last year, Morrinsville-based constable Stuart Lye was awarded the inaugural title after his nomination was seen by the judging panel as the most worthy of recognition.
The award will be judged by a senior police officer from the Waikato District, both Rotary Club presidents and the mayor of the Matamata Piako District.
Application forms are available from the Matamata, Te Aroha and Morrinsville Police stations.
Applications close on December 4 at 4pm and can be mailed in or dropped back to any of the stations.
An awards function will be held in Hamilton on December 14 when the winner will be announced.