We need an­other hero

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

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.

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