A policeman's lot

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Philip Liner visits the New Zealand Police Training School in Trentham. Includes a look at Youth Aid, dog handling, dealing with different ethnicities, detective training, the drug squad, dealing with fire arms; talking to new recruits; graduation day.

College Commander Superintendant (Maurice) Cummings is interviewed. He talks about a new police college, opening in two years time in March 1981. He explains the different students who come through the training school - new recruits and cadets straight out of school and also people who have had previous careers, such as teachers.

Serving members of the police also come through the school for additional training as they are promoted through the ranks.

Senior Youth Aid Training Officer Joy Loomis is interviewed about training police officers to work with young people.

Inspector Dave Boyd of the Dog Handling Training section talks about his work (with dogs barking in the background) training police officers in dog handling - and training the dogs themselves. They also train Labradors for Customs Department work. Some police dogs are bred at the centre, while others are gifted to the Police. Dogs are trained using a praise-based system.

Barry Mason, Chief Education Officer at the Police College, talks about qualifications needed to become a police recruit. He talks about trying to give trainees a broad view of New Zealand society and how different people behave and communicate. He discusses giving trainees an understanding of different ethnic groups. Recently an entire wing spent a week living on a marae in Rotorua and also in Tokoroa, learning about Māori and Pacific Island perspectives.

Detective Senior Sergeant Bruce Scott talks about training officers in criminal investigation and the role of police detectives.

Superintendant Cummings talks about the Armed Offenders Squad.

Police recruits are interviewed about their three-month training and why they joined the police: former teacher Nicki Woodall from Kaikoura, former boilermaker Denley Tarplett from Hamilton. Colin McMurtrie, a police cadet who is involved in a year-long training course talks about being recruited from school.

Graduation Day - the police pipe band is heard in the background. The George Kelly wing is graduating and taking the salute from former Police Chief Superintendant George Kelly.

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Year 1979

Reference number 32142

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Genre Documentary radio programs
Nonfiction radio programs
Radio programs
Sound recordings

Credits RNZ Collection
Liner, Philip John, 1925-2019, Interviewer
Cummings, Maurice, Speaker/Kaikōrero

Duration 00:27:33

Date 1979

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