Police night chance for diverse career

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If people are looking for a career where no two days are the same, joining police could be the way to go.

Police in Gore will host a recruitment night at the station on March 5 for members of the public to gain more information on what is involved in the training process.

Constable Mel Hinga said the evening would involve new recruits, PowerPoint presentations and specialist groups who would give insight into the different police career paths that are available.

“There will be the opportunity for one-on-one talks with police as well, to get a better understanding,” Const Hinga said.

Members of the Armed Offenders Squad, road policing and dog section would be on hand to answer questions, she said.

Const Hinga said the national recruitment team was trying to fill 1800 constabulary positions by 2021.

“In the Southern district we need about 26 applicants per month to meet organisational goals,” Const Hinga said.

The demographics were targeted to age, gender and ethnicity, she said.

More than half of the public safety team were new recruits in Gore, she said.

New recruit Constable Craig Stiven, of Tapanui, has been with police in Gore since September last year.

Const Stiven attended the Royal New Zealand Police College for four months after completing about six steps before being accepted to the college.

“You have to do physical, academic, medical and practical tests before your four months,” Const Stiven said.

Training to become a police officer was challenging but worthwhile, he said.

“It was hard but I really wanted to challenge myself; you don’t know what to expect every day.”

Const Stiven enjoyed changing his career path to work in the police.

“It’s unpredictable. It’s a challenge working with every type of person out there but I’m so happy with it and really enjoy it,” he said.

He encouraged people to start the application process straight away.

“It’s better to start it sooner rather than later – it’s worth it.”

Police will host a recruitment evening at the Gore Police Station on March 5 at 7pm.

For more information visit www.newcops.co.nz or the Southern district Police Facebook page.