Spare a Thought for Police Working These Holidays

Commissioner of New Zealand Police Mike Bush talks with Police Constables Trish Fatu and Jackson Hood, during his visit to Auckland Central Police Station. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Commissioner of New Zealand Police Mike Bush talks with Police Constables Trish Fatu and Jackson Hood, during his visit to Auckland Central Police Station. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Spare a thought for the police working in your neighbourhood – for them, today is like any other. Their job remains the same no matter what the holiday.

There are still prisoners in the cells, crimes being reported and serious incidents that need investigating. There is no day off for the boys and girls in blue.

Yesterday in Auckland, Commissioner Mike Bush did the rounds to support his staff out on the beat. He spoke to the NZ Herald at Auckland Central police station.

“The point of this is to show appreciation, to acknowledge all of the staff that are working on Christmas Day,” he said.

While at Auckland Central Mr Bush spent time talking to two constables who were about to head out into the community in their patrol car.

The pair said they didn’t mind working Christmas Day, and appeared to enjoy having their big boss on board.

They are among about 2100 police working over Christmas across New Zealand. That figure includes frontline staff, criminal investigations branch, custody unit, file management, intelligence officers and public counter staff.

Full article in New Zealand Herald, written by Anna Leask, senior police reporter.

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