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Politicising the New Zealand Police continues

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 8:27 pm Wed 18th December 2013

Sixty-seven new constables will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College in Wing 281 on Thursday. Their wing patron is retired Police Commissioner Howard Broad.

Story here.

What strikes me as rather extraordinary is that the Police Training College would involve itself in a political campaign.

The wing was the first to wear White Ribbon supporter t-shirts during the running of the cross country in November. For future wings, wearing these t-shirts is to become a regular feature of the cross country.

I have noticed this on other occasions with officers appearing for TV interviews with white ribbons attached to their uniforms. There is no place for Police overtly or otherwise supporting political or commercial causes. It would be equally unacceptable if Police were training in gay marriage t-shirts with Lion Red sunhats.

The shame for Howard Broad being, patron of the first wing to advertise their scruples.


  1. Probably damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

    Comment by Brent — Wed 18th December 2013 @ 8:57 pm

  2. Their uniform is paid for and supplied by the taxpayer. One uniform, no exceptions, no extras; our police should be impartial officers of the law.

    Comment by Downunder — Wed 18th December 2013 @ 9:05 pm

  3. But they’re not impartial, just ask anyone that’s has had dealings with the Waitakere police and is not a female.

    Comment by Dominic Dilligaf — Thu 19th December 2013 @ 9:47 am

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