Kāpiti Mayor taking recruits under wingBy Alan Tristram
Superintendent John Price, Police Training Manager, says Kāpiti Mayor Jenny Rowan has accepted his invitation to be patron of the next police recruit wing.
He says:” Every wing has a patron and they are selected because they are well known New Zealanders and people of distinction who can be role models for the new recruits.
“Patrons need to possess outstanding leadership skills and be able to fulfil the expectations held of them as a tangible figurehead for the wing, as well as a voice of the community. This is true commitment as the role is unpaid.”
Important part of training
Superintendent Price says: “The recruit training course is an important part of the formative period for new police officers and it is essential that all elements of training help forge a cohesive new team.
“To this end, wise counsel at the start of this period from a distinguished New Zealander is influential beyond the recruits’ stay at the Royal New Zealand Police College.”
“Mayor Rowan brings with her a depth of knowledge and real commitment to the community. She has been a long-time advocate of the Police and this was evident when we worked closely together during the alcohol-fuelled tragedies in Kāpiti late last year.”
He says that ‘Safer communities together’ is the police vision and is also a focus of the Kāpiti Council.
The Mayor has a good understanding of the need for prevention to be at the heart of community safety initiatives, he says.
Kāpiti’s white ribbon status
“The Kāpiti Council is a ‘white ribbon council’ and is to be commended on their unwavering stance against alcohol-related crime and family violence,” the superintendent says.
“Mayor Rowan joins a list of distinguished wing patrons including former Chief Superintendent Maurie Cummings, who is patron of Wing 276, and Wing 277’s patron, Dame Margaret Bazley.”
Wing 278 and patron Jenny Rowan QSO JP will be officially welcomed during a pōwhiri at the Royal New Zealand Police College on Monday, 8th April. at 9am.