New cop wears passion on his sleeve
‘‘[Accepting tattoos] shows we are normal members of the public like everyone else.’’
Craig Thorne, who is Matamata’s new police sergeant, is excited about becoming part of the Matamata community.
He moved from Tauranga to take up the role in Matamata because the smaller community means he will get to know more people than he would in a bigger area.
The tattooed, paddle-boarding policeman said the force is accepting of diversity, including those with tattoos.
He has a black and grey tattoo of a paddle boarder on his left arm.
‘‘It shows we are normal members of the public like everyone else,’’ he said.
The keen surfer and motorcyclist has been in the force for 14 years after joining at age 24 in Tauranga after moving from Christchurch.
He is a fitter and turner by trade so resigned in August 2008 to return to that before returning to the police in January 2010 in Whakatane.
After nine months he was promoted to sergeant on the Public Safety Team (PST).
He stayed in this role for three years before becoming the alcohol harm reduction sergeant in charge of alcohol licences for a year.
Craig Thorne is Matamata’s new sergeant.