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Police recruits prepare to hit the beat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017

Kiwi streets are set to be patrolled by a new crop of cops as 39 recruits graduate from the Royal New Zealand Police College.

The graduates will celebrate their achievement during an attestation parade on Thursday.

While the majority of the eight female and 31 male recruits are born in New Zealand, others are born in Australia, China, Russia, Samoa, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

Chinese-born Xiaoning Zhang is among the graduating class, known as Wing 303, and said she joined the police because she wants to help immigrants from China understand their rights in New Zealand.

"I speak the same language as them, so if anything happens to them, it will be easier for those who cannot speak English to get help from police," she said.

While six of the Wing 303 graduates have a law enforcement or army background, many also have experience volunteering in the community, police said.

This includes for the Fire Service, community patrol, St John Ambulance, Red Cross, LandSAR and various sports clubs.

Some graduating constables have even competed nationally and internationally in sports, such as rugby, cricket, netball and Taekwon-Do, police said.

Most Wing 303 graduates are set to be stationed in Auckland and Counties Manukau with the others split between six other districts.

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford will act as Wing 303 class patron.

Graduating Constable Benjamin Morgan has been honoured as Wing 303's top student and is set to receive the award for First in Wing at Thursday's parade, while Constable Felix Ellis will receive the leadership award.

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