Law Enforcement Starts September in Whakatane

17 Aug 2016

Eastern Bay of Plenty locals looking for a career which positively gives back to the community are excited that Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (WBOPP) is taking enrolments for the Certificate in Preparation for Law Enforcement (Level 3) which starts at the Whakatāne campus in September.

Sam Honey, Tauranga campus programme coordinator, says the qualification offers the region the opportunity to hone the personal, academic and physical skills needed to confidently pass any police or defence force entrance tests, without moving away from home.

“The New Zealand Police are actively trying to improve community representation within their staff. Bringing this qualification to Whakatāne is reflective of this and the growth of the Eastern Bay.”

An ex-police officer herself, Mrs Honey says highlights of her nine years of service include working with Bluelight youth and families, alongside kura, and prosecutions which decreased re-victimisation.

A recent ‘force fit’ Tauranga graduate of the 12 week qualification, Marcio Pires is looking forward to similar career highs after being accepted into the Royal New Zealand Police College for October.

Having returned to tertiary study after ten years in order to follow his dreams, Mr Pires says the ability to support his community and work alongside other emergency services was his motivation.

“My friends and family are extremely proud of me and that in turn motivates me even more.”

A member of the New Zealand Army for over six years, now Group Leader, Automotive and Preparation for Law Enforcement at WBoPP, Sean Squires states his drive comes from training the next generation.

“Careers in the police and armed forces require high levels of physical fitness, however developing and maintaining fitness will benefit those in private and prison security positions as well.”

With a variety of experienced officer and employed graduate guest speakers visiting throughout the qualification, he says students develop more than just a knowledge of areas like the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand law, but skills which positively enhance their personal lives.

“I am aware of the levels of organisation and pressure encountered in law enforcement roles, and how being in peak physical condition can help sharpen the mind, helping to make good decisions under pressure.”

“Being stuck in fear gets you nowhere!” says Mrs Honey “Don’t waste time wondering ‘what if’ – start with a first positive step and from there, your confidence to succeed will grow. If policing or defence roles have always been your dream career – jump in and enrol with us to give it a go.”

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