Celebrating police role

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Senior constables Carrie Hamilton and Bruce Dow are among the Oamaru police officers looking forward to taking part in the national celebration of 75 years of women in the police.
Two police staff torch relays began simultaneously on June 24 – one leaving Bluff and the other leaving Cape Reinga.
On July 5, one of the batons is due to arrive at the Oamaru stone monument at the Weston Rd turn-off.
From there, the baton will travel with several officers via horseback, motorbike, car and kayak to all corners of the Waitaki district to celebrate what women in the police have done for the area.
Snr Const Hamilton was recruited into the police by Snr Const Dow about 25 years ago, and she did not regret her career choice.
“There are many days where you go home and feel you make a difference to someone in the community.”
The batons will move through all 12 police districts in New Zealand, culminating in a national parade of retired and current staff in Wellington on August 1, part of the 75th anniversary of women in policing in New Zealand.

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