For the last four years, I have designed and delivered the four-day leadership module of the NZ Police Inspectors' Course. In this time, I have had the absolute pleasure of getting to meet and work with 120 Senior Sergeants as they transition into the rank of Inspector.
I count myself very privileged to have been selected by the NZ Police as their provider of choice for this task. It is a task that I take very seriously, as I believe that the Police have one of the most difficult roles in our society. They protect us, and they also hold us to account.
Having worked with the NZ Police in many situations both in New Zealand and overseas, I have developed a deep affinity for the people that make up their ranks. These are passionate kiwis who care about our society, and who have put themselves forward to protect us.
These are leaders, in every sense of the word. They are willing to do things on our behalf that are not pleasant, often dangerous, and for which they are seldom thanked. We expect the highest standards of integrity and professionalism from them, and rightly so.
As 2015 draws to a close, and we celebrate our summer holidays, join me and spare a thought for the thousands of kiwis who wear the uniform of the NZ Police. Let's give them our support and encouragement for what they do for us.
When you next see a man or woman in blue, say thanks.