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May 2009
Welcome to the community edition of Ten-One for May 2009.


This issue features:-

  • Coverage of recent tragic events in Napier including the funeral of Senior Constable Len Snee and District Commander Sam Hoyle's own account of the operation to recover Len's body and keep Hospital Hill residents safe.
  • Inspector Mike O'Leary's account of rescuing two young children from a burning vehicle.
  • High visibility policing at the Hamilton 400V8 Supercar event.
  • The winner of the National Police Dog Championships.
  • A new initiative to raise the profile of police on the rail network.
  • A pilot programme to improve the quality of all police services provided to the community.
  • An exercise to help the media understand police actions.
  • A Hamilton community initiative to tackle graffiti.
  • The final of a speech competition to promote racial unity.
  • The success of a hunter training programme.
  • Three projects selected by the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand as award finalists.
  • Waitema police - employer of the year
  • Police handover in Afghanistan.
  • Royal Solomon Islands Police Force - the NZ Police connection.


Anna Woolnough
Editor Ten-One

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The Napier siege

Friends say goodbye to Len

A black chapter in New Zealand’s policing history drew to a close with the funeral of Senior Constable Len Snee in Napier.

Len Snee - a quiet achiever

Len Snee’s policing passion was the eradication of cannabis


Police dog Fi reunited with injured handler

Police dog Five-O – Fi for short – spent 37 hours trapped in her van cage as bullets whistled around her.

Hospital Hill siege unprecedented

Superintendent Sam Hoyle struggles to think of an event that compares to the siege on Napier’s Hospital Hill. The armed stand-off took place in an urban area and involved hundreds of police from across the North Island.

Police in the news

Policeman rescues children from burning vehicle

Inspector Mike O’Leary is reluctant to call himself a hero after rescuing two young children from a burning vehicle last month and just wants the horror of the experience to fade for him and his family.

 High-visibility policing pays off

This year’s Hamilton 400 V8 Supercar event went off without a hitch last month, with just 61 arrests over the three days.

 Top dog

Senior Constable Jason Todd and police dog Ila were at the cordon during the standoff with Jan Molenaar in Napier when Jason received a radio message to say they had won the national police dog championship.


Media put through their paces

Media representatives were recently given the opportunity to experience a condensed police training day at the Police College in Porirua.

Policing the community

 Raising police profile among commuters

Community Police Officers in Wellington have recently undergone health and safety training from Kiwi Rail so they can patrol Wellington commuter trains.


Small changes make a first-class service

Adding that personal touch like a vase of fresh flowers from the garden at the front counter can help make a police station a more inviting environment for customers, as Rita Turner discovered as she led Nelson Station in the ‘Great Station Challenge’.

Hamilton helping hands tackle graffiti

More than 1500 people turned out in Hamilton last month for the second ‘Helping Hands Day’, a joint initiative between police, the Hamilton City Council and the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Speeches promote racial unity

Wellington students Rayhan Langdana and Ruth Corkill took home the top prizes in the national finals of the annual Race Unity Speech Award, held in Auckland in April.

Safe hunting courses commended

The Sport and Recreation Council (SPARC) has commended a partnership of New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council and the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association (NZDA) for work designed to reduce the number of hunting incidents.

Policing excellence recognised
Excellence acknowledged

The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) recognised the excellence of police work nationwide by selecting three separate projects as finalists at an award ceremony held in Wellington last month.

District wins employer of the year

Waitematā scooped the national prize of the Territorial Forces Employer Support Council (TFESC) Employer of the Year Award at a prestigious ceremony held in the Grand Hall at Parliament last month.

Overseas policing
Police handover in Afghanistan

Operation Highland – the Police assistance mission to Afghanistan – is now in its ninth rotation. For the first time, the Highland 8 and 9 teams overlapped at hand over in the Bamiyan Province.

 Former NZ Police Officer heads Solomon Islands Police Force

Peter Marshall was officially sworn in as Commissioner of the 1100-strong Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) on 30 March.

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