Bruce War­ren­der

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Work­ing with at risk youth is a tough job and one that Se­nior Con­sta­ble Bruce War­ren­der han­dles with ‘‘ in­tegrity and com­pas­sion’’.

His ded­i­ca­tion to the job re­sulted in the youth aid of­fi­cer be­ing named the 2012 Mata­mata Pi­ako Po­lice Per­son of the Year.

Mayor Hugh Ver­coe pre­sented Mr War­ren­der with the award at the Waikato Po­lice Pay Pa­rade on Fri­day.

‘‘I’m still not sure why I got the award,’’ said Mr War­ren­der.

‘‘ We just do what we are em­ployed to do and it’s busi­ness as usual.’’

The award is spon­sored by the Ro­tary clubs in Mata­mata and Mor­rinsville and recog­nises polic­ing ex­cel­lence and out­stand­ing ser­vice.

Ro­tary pres­i­dent Graeme Guil­ford said it was not about acts of brav­ery or hero­ism but the vi­tal work that po­lice of­fi­cers did ev­ery sin­gle day.

Mr War­ren­der was sworn in as a po­lice of­fi­cer 14 years ago and be­gan his ca­reer on the North Shore.

In Jan­uary 2006 he was trans­ferred to Mata­mata and two years later took up the po­si­tion of youth aid of­fi­cer.

Mr War­ren­der has taken a lead­ing role in pro­grammes such as Lifebuoy ( sui­cide preven­tion), RockOn (tar­get­ing tru­ancy), and The Jour­ney (sup­port­ing at risk youth).

‘‘It’s said.

‘‘It’s an op­por­tu­nity to be an am­bu­lance at the top of the cliff rather than the bot­tom. That’s what I en­joy about the job.’’

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preven­tion,’’ he

Mr War­ren­der has a strong involvement with Mata­mata Col­lege and gives ad­vice, di­rec­tion and guid­ance in mat­ters re­quir­ing a fig­ure of author­ity.

He also coaches the

col­lege’s un­der 55kg Mata­mata Col­lege rugby team and has taken up a po­si­tion on the Board of Trustees.

His nom­i­na­tion for the award came from a mem­ber of the pub­lic, who ac­knowl­edged the way he deals with dif­fi­cult and try­ing cir­cum­stances. The ci­ta­tion said: ‘‘ This work is dif­fi­cult and re­quires a high level of skill and on­go­ing com­mit­ment to young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘He han­dles it with in­tegrity, com­pas­sion and a will­ing­ness to look for op­tions to bet­ter serve the com­mu­nity.’’

Mr Guil­ford said there was a lot of work done by po­lice that mem­bers of the pub­lic did not of­ten get to see.

‘‘It’s nice to be able to recog­nise the peo­ple who do the work that makes the com­mu­nity a lot bet­ter place for all of us.

‘‘Bruce is one of those guys.’’

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