Rebecca Quilliam is senior reporter at the NZME. News Service office in Wellington.

Royals return to police college

Prince Charles at the opening ceremony of the college on April 1, 1981.
Prince Charles at the opening ceremony of the college on April 1, 1981.

Prince William will walk the grounds of the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua tomorrow, more than 33 years after his father opened the facility.

The prince and his wife Catherine will visit the college as one of their last functions during their 10-day tour of New Zealand, before they head for Australia.

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Among those attending tomorrow will be serving members of the No 25 HRH Prince of Wales Cadet Wing, who participated at the opening ceremony of the college on April 1, 1981.

The 1981 cadets delivered a gym display involving tossing telephone poles, forming a human pyramid plus strength and agility tests while balanced on top of a beam.

Tomorrow the Duke and Duchess will see a more modern style of policing, with staff and recruits showcasing their capabilities.

The royals will also lay a wreath at the Memorial Wall to honour police officers killed by criminal acts while performing their official duties.

"We have much to be proud of in New Zealand police and it is a great honour and privilege to host the Duke and Duchess," Commissioner Mike Bush said.

"The college deeply values its association with the royal family and we look forward to showing them how modern policing works, particularly our focus on prevention and victims."

National manager operations Superintendent Barry Taylor was one of the cadets who participated in the 1981 visit by Prince Charles.

"I remember that day very clearly and the pride which our cadet wing all felt.

"It also marked the transition from the old police training school at Trentham to the purpose-built training facility, which has become a landmark in the Porirua community since 1981," Mr Taylor said.

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"I'm looking forward to seeing the Duke and Duchess, but I must say I'm glad we don't have to do a repeat of that gym routine we put on for the Prince of Wales."

The college includes the Dog Training Centre at Trentham and is home to the New Zealand Police Museum.

Opened by Prince Charles in 1981, the Royal New Zealand Police College had the Royal title conferred on it in 1986 by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit for the Police Centenary celebrations.

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- NZ Herald

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