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