Central Leader : February 9th 2011
8 CENTRAL LEADER, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 NEWS The University of Auckland's Foundation Cer tiﬁcate Tohu Tüäpapa Mätauranga will help you gain essential tertiary study skills and develop your te reo Mäori at the same time. This is a specialist foundation programme to help bridge you into any of the following programmes offered by the University's Faculty of Education: • Bachelor of Education (Teaching) -- Huarahi Mäori, Primary, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Education Pasiﬁka specialisations • Bachelor of Human Services • Bachelor of Physical Education • Bachelor of Social Work Duration: 1 year full-time study Location: Te Puna Wananga, Epsom Campus Semester One starts soon so apply now, or call us for more information 0800 61 62 63 email@example.com www.education.auckland.ac.nz Gain admission to University and improve your te reo Mäori in one go KingSt10418_SNA_A Theyre back! Drive with care around schools. Find out more: phone 09 355 3553 or visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz LW_4.2.2011 Summer nights in garden Two inspiring events are being planned at Eden Garden over coming weeks. Colours of Eden is on February 19 and 20 and is a photography and art exhibition by Joanne Cunningham. An evening of jazz is on March 4 where actress Angela Franklyn Lewis will sing well-known songs including Summertime. The evening runs from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, contact Karen on 638-8395. The five-acre garden is on the northern slopes of Mt Eden. Still a rewarding job after 45 years By SARAH MOYES Top cop: Eastern area commander chief inspector John Palmer has been in the police force for 45 years. Photo: JASON OXENHAM The New Zealand police force was a very different place when chief inspector John Palmer joined 45 years ago. The Auckland eastern area commander was a 17-year-old police cadet at Trentham Military Camp -- staying in old World War 2 army bar- racks. Mr Palmer says young con- stables look at him in disbe- lief when he shares stories of his training. Discipline was tight back then. The cadets would march to and from meals, their rooms would have to be spotless and their sheets folded in a precise way. It's changed a lot in the last 45 years. It's completely different.'' Mr Palmer is celebrating 45yearsinajobhesaysis both challenging and rewarding. He is among the longest- serving officers in the force. I have seen and experi- enced a great deal. In fact there isn't much I haven't had to deal with. In that time I've witnessed the extremes of human behaviour.'' One case he will never for- get was known as the Money homicide which took place in 1985 when he was a detective inspector in the CIB. A man threw his two chil- dren off the Auckland Har- bour Bridge after a domestic dispute with his wife. He was taking his son and daughter for fish and chips when he pulled over on the bridge and threw them off. He tried to commit suicide by jumping off the bridge himself, but was rescued and survived. It broke my heart really,'' Mr Palmer says. Mr Palmer was in charge of the investigation and had to view the body of the young boy. The girl's body was never found. I can still picture it, quite frankly.'' Mr Palmer has seen evil'' people who prey on the young, the elderly and the vulnerable. They're the sort of people my staff spend a lot of time dealing with -- to get them off the streets and into the courts. I never cease to be disap- pointed at the behaviour of these criminals.'' On the positive side he believes most people are very good. They are kind and con- siderate. Unfortunately, I've wit- nessed the other side of human behaviour.'' Mr Palmer's career pro- gressed steadily after police college in 1967. He started out as a constable in his home town of Christchurch and was promoted to sergeant and then senior sergeant. He was a shift inspector in Auckland in the 1980s and remembers the 1981 Spring- bok tour as an interesting and difficult time. He moved to Wanganui in 1986 and was promoted to chief inspector. He spent five years there and was in charge of the armed offenders squad. He then returned to Auck- land and took up the job he is still in today. His career highlight was in 2003 when he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours. What I give to the depart- ment is experience and wis- dom.'' He and his team face a number of challenges in the area including population growth. There is also an increasing number of people who speak English as a second language. He says this is being addressed by a change in the demographics of police staff. Mr Palmer speaks highly of his police team. The men and women who work with me, not for me, are some of the finest people in this country,'' he says.
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