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Some police grads already heroes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/06/2017

From a volunteer firefighter to fostering an 11-month-old girl or playing rugby for Croatia - many of the latest graduates from the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua have already made their mark in the world.

Fifty-nine new constables will parade on Thursday, overseen by wing patron Rebecca Kitteridge, director of the Security Intelligence Service.

Constable Hayley Seddon says fostering an 11-month-old girl inspired her to join the force.

The girl came from an abusive background and was in Constable Seddon's care for five months.

"[After] helping this family, I felt I had the ability to help others and want to make not only a change but also a difference in my community."

Constable Michael Baty, meanwhile, showed an example of courage long before joining the police.

"I was coming home late one night when I drove around a long winding bend and spotted a car that had just crashed and was starting to catch fire," he says.

"I climbed into the burning wreck and pulled two young men out before the car was fully engulfed in flames."

Many of the graduates have represented New Zealand in various sports, include one new constable who played rugby for Croatia, and others served in the New Zealand Army before applying for the police force.

Others have qualifications in psychology, criminology, intelligence analysis, zoology, exercise science and other fields.

The Commissioner's Award for Leadership will go to Constable Christopher Clarke, while the Award for First in Wing will be presented to Constable Daniel Hayden.

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