In­au­gu­ral pay pa­rade event for Waitemata

Western Leader - - GARDENING - STAFF RE­PORTER

Don’t be alarmed to see hun­dreds of po­lice in the streets of west Auck­land this week – it’s all for a cel­e­bra­tion.

The Waitemata Po­lice Dis­trict will host its in­au­gu­ral pay pa­rade on June 23.

From 10am more than 150 po­lice of­fi­cers will march in their num­ber one uni­form through the Hen­der­son town cen­tre.

For the first time po­lice from Waitakere, Rod­ney and the North Shore will come to­gether for one event.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Tusha Penny en­cour­aged the pub­lic to wit­ness the ‘‘unique oc­ca­sion’’.

‘‘Po­lice of­fi­cers are the guardians of our com­mu­nity and the pay pa­rade pro­vides our staff with a great op­por­tu­nity to present at our best for our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ she said in a me­dia re­lease.

The pa­rade would be­gin at 319 Great North Rd from 10am.

Po­lice will march to­wards, and then down Hen­der­son Val­ley Rd, be­fore stand­ing at at­ten­tion out­side the Auck­land Coun­cil of­fices to be in­spected prior to an awards cer­e­mony.

The pay pa­rade tra­di­tion harks back to the 1800s when po­lice used to be in­spected at the sta­tion be­fore march­ing to the mag­is­trate’s of­fice to re­ceive their pay ev­ery fort­night.

Of­fi­cers found not to meet the dress code stan­dards would have had their pay docked.

The pa­rade will also in­clude po­lice dogs, horses and mo­tor­bikes.

It would be at­tended by po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mike Bush, Waitakere Ward coun­cil­lor Penny Hulse, Min­is­ter of De­fence Mark Mitchell and sworn and nonsworn po­lice staff. Penny will lead the pa­rade along­side two chil­dren, one from west Auck­land, who won a com­pe­ti­tion on so­cial me­dia to walk at the front.

An awards cer­e­mony would be held at the coun­cil cham­bers at 11am.

ROAD CLO­SURES

From 315 Great North Rd the road will be closed to mo­torists to­wards Hen­der­son on June 23 from 10am. As the pa­rade marches, the route will close and re­open in a ‘‘rolling’’ road block.

Tem­po­rary di­ver­sions and cor­dons will be in place along Great North road and, Edmonton Rd, Trad­ing Pl, Ed­sel St, Ratanui St and Rail­side Ave.

And also along Hen­der­son Val­ley Rd’s in­ter­sec­tions with Ste­vies Lane, Albert Pryor Ave, Smythe Rd. The road was ex­pected to be fully open by 11am.

JARRED WIL­LIAMSON / FAIR­FAX NZ

The Waitemata po­lice pay pa­rade will be held on June 23 in Hen­der­son.

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