Po­lice giv­ing lo­cals the hard cell at open day

The Leader (Tasman) - - OUT & ABOUT - HAN­NAH BARTLETT

Nel­son’s boys-in-blue are hop­ing to per­son­alise the po­lice force, open­ing up for ques­tions, dis­cus­sion, and a look be­hind-thescenes.

A po­lice open day is planned for this Sun­day at the Nel­son po­lice sta­tion, with po­lice dogs and of­fi­cers from the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch and Armed Of­fend­ers Squad in at­ten­dance along­side high­way pa­trol and other ar­eas of po­lice.

Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Car­wyn Black­more said they aimed to show peo­ple ‘‘as much as we can’’, in­clud­ing a walk­through of the cell block, and give a glimpse into day-to-day life as a po­lice of­fi­cer.

‘‘And hope­fully show that we are just or­di­nary peo­ple,’’ he said.

Black­more said a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus would be on re­cruit­ment, and there would be new­lyre­cruited of­fi­cers, just out of po­lice col­lege, on hand to an­swer ques­tions.

‘‘They will be able to dis­cuss what it was like and the process for get­ting through. And then the other ar­eas, like AOS and CIB, will be able to share what it takes to once you’re in po­lice to get into those ca­reers,’’ he said.

‘‘CIB of­fi­cers can dis­cuss the foren­sic side, but can also talk about what it takes to be­come a de­tec­tive.’’

Po­lice are ex­pect­ing a surge in re­cruit­ment fol­low­ing last year’s elec­tion, which saw Labour-NZ First prom­ise to in­crease po­lice num­bers by 1800 na­tion­ally.

But be­yond of­fer­ing in­sights to po­ten­tial new re­cruits, the Nel­son Po­lice Open Day was a chance for peo­ple to see of­fi­cers in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.

Black­more said of­ten peo­ple’s as­so­ci­a­tions with po­lice were shaped by see­ing them deal with of­fend­ers.

‘‘Or it’s when they’re in a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion, when they’ve been vic­timised. We might be go­ing go­ing to their place be­cause there has been a bur­glary,’’ he said.

Sun­day’s event would give peo­ple a chance to ask ques­tions when ‘‘noth­ing is go­ing on’’ and share more about the var­ied roles within po­lice.

Black­more said he’d been in the po­lice force for 11 years and still loved the va­ri­ety the job of­fered, and that no two days were the same.

‘‘If you’re one of those peo­ple who likes to plan your day out it might not be quite for you, be­cause you think at the end of the day, ‘to­mor­row i’m go­ing to get this done’ and next thing some in­ci­dent hap­pens that takes up your whole day.’’

Part­ner agen­cies in­clud­ing Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand, Search and Res­cue, Women’s Refuge and Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters would be tak­ing part in the day too.

The event would have fam­i­lyfriendly ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a mini phys­i­cal com­pe­tency test for chil­dren with po­lice radar set up to tell par­tic­i­pants how fast they had been run­ning.

There would also be rides in po­lice cars and equip­ment to try on.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found on Open Days on the Nel­son, Marl­bor­ough and West Coast Po­lice Face­book page or the Po­lice web­site.

Events are also be­ing held in Blen­heim and Grey­mouth on March 11.


Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Car­wyn Black­more is invit­ing Nel­so­ni­ans to get to know their lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a Po­lice Open Day this Sun­day.

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