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Iam Keen (September 2020)

This column is written by a frontline police member. It does not represent the views or policies of the Police Association.

Saving face

If there’s one thing we learnt from the lockdown experience in Auckland this time round, it’s that face masks and hipster beards don’t always go together. I know officers showed willing when they were required to wear face masks when on duty and dealing with the public, but I hear it was a bit of a challenge for some of our members with long, full, lovingly groomed facial hair. I don’t know how many beards were sacrificed for the cause, but you know… fashions change.

Spa town

I see the team in Rotorua are in for some pampering. The word is that a spa resort is being set up in their station… Well, that’s probably an exaggeration, but they are getting to trial a new health and wellness treatment where you get wrapped in pressure pads and have infrared heat applied to various parts of your body. Sounds a bit like being involved in a takedown… Probably a bit New Age for the likes of me – I prefer a quick rub with the Deep Heat – but I might consider it if there was a free facial thrown in.

Top jobs

A few of the top jobs are up for grabs, with several deputy commissioner roles being advertised recently. It’s always interesting to see which of the high-fliers will take the next step, and there are certainly plenty of quality candidates. Might be time for a woman in one of those roles, perhaps?

FEO v retirement

It has been interesting talking to a few of my mates from around the country who are reaching the stage where they are thinking about retirement. The shock to their superannuation earlier in the year gave them a fright. It’s recovered for now, but they reckon those little part-time retirement jobs aren’t out there any more, so they might hang around instead. FEO could be just the ticket for them. I also bumped into a retired colleague who was happily singing the praises of his GSF pension. I think many of us wish it were still an option. No fretting over negative interest rates for him.

Kia kaha and stay safe.

Constable Iam Keen

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