Police association front page news https://policeassn.org.nz/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:48:42 +1200 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:48:42 +1200 Police under-reporting more than 95 per cent of gun crimes https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/recent-media/police-under-reporting-more-95-cent-gun-crimes Police under-reporting more than 95 per cent of gun crimes - New figures show police have been under-reporting the number of gun crimes in New Zealand. Recent Media Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:48:42 +1200 Police association front page news Police News June 2018 https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/police-news/police-news-june-2018 In this issue: Women wanted for Protection Services training; a cop's story of a childhood marred by family violence; and the 2017 Police Association Sport Administrator of the Year, Sally Morrison. Read articles: President's Column: The proof is in the keeping Push yourself! Women wanted for Protection Services training Behind the white picket fence... Police tackle firearms data gap Sally Morrison: Going in to bat for gender equity Police News (Magazine) Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:26:49 +1200 Police association front page news President's Column: The proof is in the keeping https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/presidents-column/presidents-column-proof-keeping Confirmation of the Government’s commitment to 1800 extra police and 485 Police employees was great to see in the Budget. Like any promises, of course, the proof is in the keeping, and the Association has no intention of sitting back and relaxing when the physical and mental safety of our members is at stake. Although the allocation of 700 of the new officers to organised crime has raised a few eyebrows, the reality is that gangs and drugs are large drivers of all crime. This bold move has the potential to be a game changer if the resources are deployed appropriately. The Association will be watching the use of up to 300 authorised officers (AOs) working as specialist investigators to make sure their roles comply with the intentions of the Policing Act. As with all Budgets, this one took heat from certain sectors, but fiscal restraints are a reality we are all familiar with, including the Association, which has a duty to keep its finances in good health. The always unpalatable issue of rate rises in insurance and welfare dues has to be addressed to ensure we are fit for purpose for current members and those who join in the coming years. Top of mind for the Association during this evaluation is the reason it exists – for you, our members. We have completed a necessarily robust process that we are sure will withstand your scrutiny. With Police Health Plan, the Association can say without a doubt that it has the leanest overheads in the health insurance industry. We run our own insurance on a model that does not profit from our members. We pay out 96 cents in the dollar, a few cents ahead of our nearest competitor and well ahead of the commercial health insurance sector in which major companies sit around 65-85 cents. The reasons for high inflation rates in the medical sector include annual surgical cost increases of 8-12 per cent and primary medical increases of 3-4 per cent. This medical inflation reflects the soaring costs of pharmaceuticals, hospital stays, new technologies and specialists, with some orthopaedic procedures, such as spinal, exceeding $100,000 per procedure. There is no way of avoiding this inflation, but the board is determined, wherever possible, to return excess reserves to members. Therefore, we will introduce increases in benefits, including a doubling of the dental allowance and increasing the overnight hospital bed rate up to $750 a night. With Police Fire & General, the Association has not increased the rates for three years, but the time has come for us to accept the reality of inflation across the sector. While actual home policy increases will be determined by specific location risks, we have restricted contents insurance increases to 5 per cent and vehicle insurance to 10 per cent. Finally, after more than 30 years, the board has concluded that the sustainability of our Welfare Fund requires slight increases in full and associate membership subscriptions. These increases will go some way towards the burgeoning costs of administering the fund, supplying welfare grants and keeping our large Holiday Home network in the sort of shape that will continue to benefit future generations of our members. Most of you will be very aware that the welfare benefits the Association provides to members are the envy of police unions around the world, and we intend to keep it that way. President's Columns Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:57:49 +1200 Police association front page news Police tackle firearms data gap https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/police-tackle-firearms-data-gap The Police Association and Police National Headquarters both want to improve the official recording of firearms incidents in New Zealand. Above: In one of many incidents this year, police retrieved this loaded, sawn-off shotgun from the footwell of a car. Both the Association and PNHQ know there are almost daily reports of criminal incidents involving firearms in New Zealand. However, that is not reflected in the official record of firearms-related occurrences, which has become a source of frustration to those who perceive a growing risk to public safety. The disparity between reporting and recording has been looked into by the Police Strategy Group (PSG) and the National Intelligence Centre (NIC). Earlier this year, PSG manager Catherine Petrey and NIC research analyst Lana Lankevich collated data on every firearms-related incident reported to the National Command and Coordination Centre (NCCC) between December 8, 2017, and February 25, 2018 (not all incidents are reported to the NCCC, but the sample was considered large enough to be representative). The results were telling. There were 86 incidents reported over 79 days, but only five were correctly recorded in the National Intelligence Application (NIA). The 86 incidents were broken down this way: • Three reports were for stolen firearms (two of which involved multiple weapons, including MSSAs and pistols). • In 29 instances, police located and seized the firearms and, of these, only four had the information about the located weapon recorded in NIA. • In 22 occurrences, there was sufficient evidence of a firearm having been used in the offending, but it was not located/seized. In each case, the official entry in NIA did not reference a firearm. • In 32 instances, there was insufficient information to confirm a witness/victim statement of a firearm being presented and, of those occurrences, only one NIA report referenced a firearm. Under Police’s National Recording Standard (NRS) guidelines and Case Management practices, all those occurrences should have been recorded in NIA. “So the reason for the disparity in reporting is really clear,” Catherine says. “Information on the involvement of firearms in incidents is being reported somewhere, but not where it can be retrieved for analysis or reporting. It involved Lana looking at different databases and reading individual narratives. Imagine trying to do that on an annual basis?” The NRS requires that firearms be recorded as a “property item” in NIA. If that doesn’t happen, the number of firearms cannot be counted without extensive collation and research. So far this year, there have been multiple mentions of firearms in records filed by police officers, but only 10 have appeared under “item” in NIA. Catherine and fellow PNHQ staffer Catherine Gardner, who oversees the File Management Centres (FMCs), are on a mission to get all firearms data correctly captured and to educate staff about how to do that. One of the problems is a lack of knowledge about recording in NIA, which is where the FMCs can help, says Catherine G. “They are there to provide this support. Let them know and they will capture this information correctly in NIA.” District and area commanders have been asked to reinforce the message to staff and Police is putting together a learning video for districts. Police’s own data quality team, the Assurance Group (AG), did a firearms audit in 2016 that also showed that recording of firearms in NIA was not routinely done. In 2016, Police told the Law and Order Select Committee looking into the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand that any data relating to lost, stolen, seized, etc, firearms should be considered provisional only, because the way the information was being recorded, “it becomes difficult or even impossible to aggregate for statistical purposes”. “A change is required,” says Catherine P. “Just because it’s in a police officer’s case notes doesn’t mean it will be recorded in the system. It has to go in the correct place, which is under ‘item’.” She explains the importance of getting the data entry right. “When firearms are presented at police or small-business owners, the public expresses concern that dissipates quickly. The majority of New Zealanders go about their daily lives without ever seeing a firearm. “Other than the anecdotal reports from our frontline police, we don’t know the level of risk to the public, let alone all frontline workers. Nor do we know if the risk is increasing or decreasing. “The public and all licensed firearms owners all need to understand and know the level of risk if that risk is to be mitigated appropriately. We must not wait until there is another tragedy. “We want to support the frontline with data, but we can’t do that unless the information is provided correctly.” Featured Articles Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:11:01 +1200 Police association front page news Behind the white picket fence… https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/behind-white-picket-fence%E2%80%A6 A police officer shares her personal story of growing up in the eye of a storm of family violence and how that has informed her work as a member of Police. In a white, middle-class home in a suburban part of a big New Zealand city, two sisters endured years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their father. “Keep your voices down from the neighbours” was a phrase they heard constantly as they stifled their cries and tried to carry on as if everything was all right. Somehow, it seemed worse that, on the face of it, their childhood was relatively privileged. Now in her mid-30s, the girl who grew up to be a police officer recalls: “We lived in a nice, modern suburb, received a good education and went to extracurricular activities like sport, music and dance. Both our parents worked and we were well looked after.” From the outside, they were a typical family, but behind closed doors, she says, the two sisters were exposed to physical, mental and emotional harm and witnessed serious violence towards their mother at the hands of their father. They were punched, kicked, pinched, choked and had objects thrown at them. She doesn’t remember the first attack, but her mother has told her it started when she was a toddler who had interrupted her father while he was concentrating on a task. She does recall many other incidents, including being thrown down the stairs when she was eight, she and her sister being placed on a stovetop element to frighten them and her foot being fractured when it was deliberately stomped on when she was 12. She sees the old injury daily. It’s a painful reminder of not only the physical assaults, but also a litany of degrading name-calling, threats and terror-filled rides in the family car, driven recklessly to frighten them. She reflects now on how far she has come in dealing with the trauma that she unconsciously suppressed for many years, even though the effects of living in “flight or fight” mode for nearly 19 years had already taken a toll. “I was anxious from a very young age, self-harmed and had no confidence. I was an angry teenager who struggled with food and social interactions. “My mother didn’t do anything to remove us from the situation. I admit that over the years I have blamed her, but I remind myself that, like so many women, she was trapped, told she wouldn’t cope without him and taunted with having no money.” Stigma of family violence There was a lot of stigma attached to family violence, she says. It wasn’t talked about and when she did report it to police, the wider family wouldn’t believe it and turned a blind eye, she recalls. She did at one stage give evidence in court against her father after her complaint to police was followed up. Bizarrely (and it wouldn’t happen now, she says), her father was representing himself and cross-examined her. “The judge, who saw the situation for what it was, stopped the proceedings.” Her memory of what happened next is hazy, but the two sisters, who were teenagers at the time, were temporarily taken from the family home by Child, Youth and Family. The court case was an experience she had all but blotted out and it wasn’t till she stepped into a witness box as a police officer that it returned in a haunting way. “I couldn’t understand why I felt so fearful. I couldn’t speak loud enough and was constantly being told to raise my voice. Now that I know why that happened, I no longer fear giving evidence or cross-examination.” Fortunately, she says, she has not experienced family violence since leaving home, but she has learnt about the harm it can cause, not just psychological distress but also physical symptoms, such as recurring illnesses, chronic illness, irritable bowel conditions, depression and anxiety. Her decision to join Police, a dream she’d had since a young age, was bolstered by a strong sense of right and wrong and “wanting to do the right thing”. As she grew older, she says, she knew she wanted to be a police officer to help victims of child abuse and family harm. In the early days when she attended so-called “domestics”, she was often left feeling frustrated “if the female party played down what had happened or didn’t want us to arrest her partner, or would later become uncooperative during the court process”. Later, she encountered child abuse situations that triggered more memories and reactions. “It doesn’t affect my ability to attend traumatic events, it actually helps. I have an intimate understanding of how family harm and crime can affect people. It makes me a better police officer with empathy and understanding to know how someone may be feeling. “Just because you’re high functioning and appear outwardly normal doesn’t mean you’re not struggling with confidence issues, anxiety and depression or even post-traumatic stress.” She knows that the few interactions she had with police as a young person were negative and disappointing. As a recruit in the days when staff were allowed to check their own details in NIA (the National Intelligence Application), she saw two family violence alerts. “I found an occurrence reported as ‘had an argument with her father’. That seems rather diluted. It made me think about how these alerts cannot be an accurate representation of how frequently family harm situations occur in any household. “A true reflection of my home would have been hundreds of occurrences, which may indicate what goes unreported and why, as police, we should never use NIA alerts to judge risk or frequency. The first incident reported to police may be the hundredth incident for that family,” she says. Breaking the cycle “I had always acknowledged my upbringing before joining Police, but I didn’t fully understand or acknowledge the harm it had done.” She doesn’t hold resentment towards her father, “but I do resent the situation I grew up in”. “My father grew up in a violent home and didn’t break the cycle and this would by far be the most important role for us as police to prevent this cycle of abuse. “Family harm is everywhere. It doesn’t discriminate. As well as the harm it caused me, I have seen it first-hand in others. We have one of the highest rates of family violence in the developed world and one of the highest youth suicide rates. I hope that new initiatives for family harm and new training that police receive will eventually lower those rates.” Calling it “family harm” makes perfect sense to someone who has lived through it. “Our role as police is to prevent the harm suffered and the potential harm later in life,” she says. “I’ve chosen to share this story to explain that family harm can happen to anyone, no matter your ethnicity, financial situation or suburb. “On the rare occasions I have told people about my upbringing, there were raised eyebrows and surprise that I didn’t fit the stereotype… and that stereotyping and unconscious bias needs to go. “One of my favourite quotes was one used by a district commander at the end of his weekly blog – ‘It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults’ – which is exactly what the prevention of family harm is all about.”   A violent country in our own homes The Government has promised an extra $76 million funding boost over the next four years for the services that deal with the victims and perpetrators of family harm. We are a violent country in our own homes, and family harm events are increasing by about 10 per cent each year – a 55 per cent increase since 2009. Police report that on an average day, officers are attending a family harm incident every four minutes, which translates to about 50 per cent of the workload of frontline police. Last year police responded to 121,733 events. That compares with 20 per cent of frontline police time spent on mental health callouts. Behind those statistics are even grimmer ones. Police estimate that each year, up to 12 women, 10 men and several children are killed by a family member. Many children are also injured and need hospital treatment. Statistics from Women’s Refuge indicate that fewer than 20 per cent of family violence incidents are ever reported. Police has set a target of 10 per cent fewer deaths from family violence and has set up new family harm deployment models that take a more holistic approach to this complex issue, working in partnership with iwi, NGOs and other government agencies. Every district has family harm teams trained in “daily triage” of events, with follow ups and interventions where necessary. Police can issue public safety orders (PSOs) if they have reasonable grounds to believe that family harm has happened or may happen. Police do not need the consent of the person at risk to issue the order and there is no right of appeal. A PSO can last up to five days. The person bound by the order must leave the address while it is in force. Under the Domestic Violence Act 1995, Protection Orders (POs) can be issued through the Family Court to protect people from violence, keeping a perpetrator away from a family. PSOs and POs are often broken, which results in more callouts. The law says that “domestic violence” can be physical, sexual or psychological. It says: • Nobody has the right to assault another person. • Nobody is allowed to have sexual contact with another person without permission. • Nobody has the right to use intimidation, threats or mind games to gain power over another person.   If you need personal help or advice about any issues raised in this story, contact: Women’s Refuge Crisis Line 0800 733 843 Confidential Domestic Abuse Helpline 0508 744 633 Are You Ok? 0800 456 450 Featured Articles Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:00:51 +1200 Police association front page news Push yourself! https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/push-yourself A female sergeant who completed the tough Protection Services combined AOS selection course wants to encourage other woman to sign up for the challenge. Sergeant Karen Ellis likes challenges, which is good because there are few training regimes in Police that are as physically demanding as the four-day Tactical Groups Selection Course (TGSC). It’s a precursor to attending protection officer and AOS qualification courses and Karen decided to have a crack at it soon after joining Protection Services (the old DPS) as a Residential Security Group team leader at PNHQ. “Although it wasn’t a requirement for my current role, I decided the course was the right challenge for me,” she says. “It really helped that management were very supportive and encouraged me to do it too.” First up, though, the 54 year old had to be prepared for selection, which meant getting into training, physically and mentally. The physical side of the selection course includes the AOS standard PCT and Coopers test, six-minute rotating plank, a swim test and four-hour team resilience exercise carrying a jerry can, as well as mandatory firearms testing and scenarios for adaptability and decision making, stress tolerance/reactions and tactical awareness. She had some company at the start of the process, with two other staff members joining her at the gym for early morning training. “Unfortunately, the wheels fell off the training wagon,” she says. “First, there was a resignation and a move to greener pastures overseas. Next, the other member of the trio injured herself, straining both her Achilles tendons during sprint training.” Karen pressed on. “I put together a folder of all things selection, studying for the written exam and ensuring that I knew exactly what was needed for the new combined selection course.” Saturday and Sunday mornings were set aside for training, including heading up the Paekākāriki Escarpment track with a weighted vest – she worked her way up from 12 kilograms to more than 20kg – and the “jerry can carry walk” on Sundays, with swim training, running, planking and cardio training on week days. She was introduced to the ALICE pack just after Christmas – All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment – the backpack used by all TGSC participants and developed in 1973 by the United States Army. Karen says the term “lightweight” is debatable – “Forty-five years ago, maybe, but now not so much.” Sergeant Karen Ellis and with her dog, Tui, and the jerry can that she hauled during her training for the four-day Tactical Groups Selection Course. Photo: ELLEN BROOK The March 22 deadline seemed to come up very quickly, she says, and “so did my heart rate and level of anxiety”. She was about to put her months of training to the test, and that test proved to be gruelling. To get through, she told herself it was just a “window of hard” and it would be over in a couple of days. During the dark times, she says, she took inspiration from her adopted niece, who was born with foetal dependency issues. “She has significant challenges, including being subjected to peer ridicule almost daily. As a teenager, it has become even harder, but her strength and determination were a guiding light for me. She doesn’t give up and neither would I!” At the end of the four days, and after 27 years of policing, Karen says the course was a highlight of her career. “I love my job, love being a police officer and was so inspired and proud to see the professionalism and calibre of the staff who completed this course. I was very proud to be part of it.” However, she says, out of the 48 staff on the course, only four were women. “The course was ethnically rich, but regarding gender diversity, ‘we’ were not well represented.” Having previously been a recruit instructor, Karen says she knows there are “loads of strong and extremely capable females out there” and she has a message for them and for Police. “We need you to work at tipping the gender scale in Protection Services and AOS, working towards getting more than two females on each TGSC selection. What about 12 and 12? It may be too soon for this, but… how about 22 females and two males!” Her post-course advice for anyone who wants to give it a go is to make a plan, find your inspiration, set your goals and give yourself time to train and prepare. “Set achievable targets and, when you reach them, extend yourself and your body further. Train when you are tired, cold and hungry and, if you can, find someone to train with and push each other to make that commitment. “Look out for the next TGSC selection dates and then go for it. There are no failures, just bloody good attempts, with lessons learnt. Don’t ever give up!” Now that Karen has passed the selection course, she’s planning to do the qualifying course next month. Police is keen for more women to join Protection Services and AOS. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the PS role and subsequent courses can contact Protection Services or Karen Ellis.   Featured Articles Tue, 05 Jun 2018 09:33:56 +1200 Police association front page news Going in to bat for gender equity https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/featured-articles/going-bat-gender-equity The Police Association’s Sport Administrator of the Year is a hard-working volunteer and champion for women in sport. Cricket started exerting a strong influence on Sally Morrison’s life even before she was born. Her birth, on March 7, 1974, was induced so that her father, cricketer John Morrison, would be available to play in a test match. In the Morrison family, cricket has always been important and Sally has continued the tradition, becoming a pioneer for women administrators in the sport. Last month, she was named as the Police Association Sport Administrator of the Year for 2017 in recognition of a series of her contributions to cricket over many years, including her support for gender equity in the sport. Sally is a Police employee who works as principal adviser strategy at the Police College. She has a background in project and relationship management. Police Association president Chris Cahill presented Sally with her award, the Gordon Hogg Memorial Rosebowl trophy, at the Police College, noting that it was one of the most highly contested categories in the annual sports awards. “There were applicants from some very high-profile organisations, but you stood out. The award is for work over one year, but it also recognises your contribution to sport administration over 30 years. Your voluntary work epitomises what makes New Zealand so successful in sport.” Sally played senior cricket for more than 20 years and also coached and managed the Wellington women’s team, the Blaze, for five years. In 2009, she was elected to the Cricket Wellington (CW) board as the first elected female director, making her the only woman on any major association board at that time. That appointment followed two years as chair of the Wellington Collegians Cricket Club – also a first for a woman in Wellington. In 2016, Sally was elected chair of CW and remains the only woman to have held this role at a national or regional level in New Zealand. She has a long history of club cricket involvement, playing her first game of senior women’s club cricket at the age of 14. As a four year old racing around the backyard with her brother and father, she says, it never occurred to her that being female might affect her experience of the game. She has always had an unerring belief that cricket is for everyone and has actively championed that, moving into club administration at the age of 16 as a co-club captain. It’s perhaps no surprise to find out that she was the first female to take that role. During her time at the Wellington Collegians Cricket Club, she increased the number of senior women’s sides from one to four and was involved in developing a new grade in Wellington cricket for an under-18 “premier girls’ league”, eventually forming the Wellington City premier girls’ side in conjunction with the Karori Cricket Club. In 2011, as a director on the CW board, she drove the McDermott Review of community cricket with the aim of ensuring club sustainability at all levels. The following year, she was involved in the CW Women’s Cricket Review with Sport Wellington, subsequently chairing the resulting Women’s Advisory Group. In 2015, she was a contributor to the development of New Zealand Cricket’s Women’s Strategy – a damning report on that subject. Since Sally’s election as the CW chair, the board and new CEO Cam Mitchell have led extensive organisational change resulting in not only a financial turnaround but the board now has three female directors and a female board intern – a 50/50 gender split – making it the only cricket board in the country where that has been achieved. Sally is unapologetic about the need for the board and management to “start at equity” and says positive change is more likely to happen when there is diversity at the board table. Both women’s and men’s domestic coaches are employed fulltime at CW and it is operational practice that whenever the Blaze (women’s) and Firebirds (men’s) teams are talked or written about, the women’s side or players are mentioned first. Because of her strong gender advocacy, Sally was invited to Perth last year to be a mentor for the Australian Institute of Police’s Management Balance Programme for female leaders. She represented New Zealand Police, mentoring six women leaders over a 15-week period. In August 2017, Sally began an important book project – a history of women in cricket in New Zealand. It’s a long-term team project with publication due in 2021 before the Women’s Cricket World Cup, which is being held in New Zealand. Sally says the book will bring to light the feats of women cricketers who were previously unrecognised because of their gender. “It is time to tell the story of this great game and the women who dedicated so much to playing it well for their country. What better way to thank these women than to tell their story?” Her book project work and her cricket roles are all unpaid, with her enthusiasm driven by her great love of cricket as “a dynamic, intelligent recreation choice” for all those who enjoy the game. Meanwhile, Sally is also busy on the home front as the mother of four girls, a role she likes to mix with her cricket work “to show my daughters what it is to be a strong female role model”. Above: Sally Morrison, principal adviser strategy at the Police College, with two of her four daughters, Thea, 7 (holding mum’s trophy), and Frida, 8. Photo: ELLEN BROOK Featured Articles Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:47:11 +1200 Police association front page news Bravery Award - Nominations now open https://policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/events/bravery-award-nominations-now-open The New Zealand Police Association Bravery Award recognises exceptional acts of police bravery; the ultimate expression of what is unique about policing. As nominations for this year’s Bravery Award open, the Association is encouraging members to think about some of the brave actions they have seen, or are aware of, during the past year and to notify their local committees. Nominations opened on 1 June and close on 31 July. See below for details on how to make a nomination. History of the Bravery Award The Police Association introduced the Bravery Award in 2010 to recognise outstanding acts of bravery by members, and over the years we have given the award to officers whose actions have exemplified the highest standards of policing, on or off duty. The award represents peer recognition of outstanding bravery. Previous recipients include Inspector Mike O’Leary in 2010, for his bravery in rescuing two children from a burning van.   In 2011 it was awarded to three recipients. Former Constable Marty Stiles and Constable Mike Wardle, who were involved in an incident in Christchurch during which Senior Constable Bruce Lamb was shot in the face, his police dog, Gage, was killed and his colleague, Constable Mitch Alatalo, was shot in the leg.  A third award was also made, but due to the nature of the police work, the recipient could not be publicly identified.   No awards were made in 2012 due to no nominated acts being judged to have reached the very high standard needed.  In 2013, Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson and Constable Paul Bailey were recognised for their bravery in rescuing a boy from drowning in heavy surf at a Napier beach. In 2014 we were pleased to name Senior Constable Deane O’Connor, as the award recipient. Senior Constable O’Connor leapt from a bridge into the dark of Tauranga harbour to save a crash survivor.  His decision to leap into the water, without hesitation, unquestionably saved a life.  In 2015 the award went to two deserving recipients: Constable Ben Turner, of Hamilton, who risked his life to confront a wanted armed man who was threatening a member of the public in a supermarket car park, and Senior Constable Adrian Oldham, of Papamoa, who entered a burning, smoke-filled house to rescue the elderly occupant after she had passed out.  In 2016 due to operational reasons the award presentation was made in private. Last year, two officers were honoured. Former senior constable Ross Andrew made a daring cliff descent to help with the rescue of the injured driver of a truck that had crashed through a barrier in the Manawatu Gorge and landed in the river. In Northland, Constable Darren Critchley braved huge seas at Ninety Mile Beach to bring two swimmers to shore, one of whom died. Nominations open 1 June - closing 31 July Police Association Bravery Award Nominations open on 1 June and close on 31 July. Acts performed within the year 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 will be considered.  To be eligible for nomination, a member must have undertaken a specific outstanding act of extraordinary bravery, above and beyond the reasonable expectations of a police officer performing their duty. Reasonable expectations may be higher of a member who is a member of a specialist squad and who is trained and equipped to confront a greater level of danger in the performance of their role. Nominations should take this factor into account. For further details about which acts of bravery are eligible for nomination and the evaluation criteria, see the Bravery Award Rules.  Nominations can be made to your local Association Committee by completing a Bravery Award Nomination Form. Read the Information for Committees for more about the Bravery Award nomination process. Remember, nominations close on 31 July 2018. About the Award The New Zealand Police Association Bravery Awards were established to honour outstanding acts of bravery of Police, on or off duty. The award represents peer recognition of outstanding bravery. The design of the award is based on the sternpost of a Maori waka, traditionally carved to provide guardianship of a journey. The cast bronze sternpost incorporates a Police chevron, and represents the strength, resolve and community guardianship of Police. The sternpost is topped by a flame of pounamu, representing valour and the high value in which the recipient is held. The recipients of the awards are chosen by a panel made up of prominent people in police and public service, along with the Police Association President.  To maintain the prestige of the award, reserving it for only the bravest acts, it was envisaged that in some years no nominations would meet the threshold. 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