A dozen of Nelson’s finest were honoured at the Police Awards on Friday afternoon.
Members of the public, police, council and local minority groups attended the awards ceremony at the Nelson Police Station, acknowledging stalwarts in the service and those who have gone above and beyond in the line of duty.
Among the award winners were husband and wife, Dave and Lisa Colville.
The pair have well over fifty years of service between them.
Senior Constable Dave Colville was awarded the New Zealand Police 35-year Long Service and Good Conduct Clasp.
Lisa was awarded a badge for 21 years of service.
She says, to still be in a job after 20 years shows some level of satisfaction in your work. Working in the intelligence sector, Lisa says it’s the variety she loves most.
“Also, to know you may be making a difference somewhere.”
She says the police is more like a community. “I love the people, I love the camaraderie and the family feel.”
Dave says he has done a 9-5 job before, but it ‘killed him’.
He is now on the police front-lines and is also involved with Search and Rescue. Dave rates his time doing body recovery and identification in Thailand a month after the tsunami.
He says that helping bring closure to families who had lost loved ones was hugely rewarding.
Now 56, Dave says he probably doesn’t have another 35 years in him. “You have to step back at some point.”
Full winners list:
Diploma in Workplace Practice Level 5: Ashleigh Snape.
14-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal: Senior Constable Steve Lamont and Senior Sergeant Mike Wardle.
21-year Long Service and Good Conduct Clasp: Senior Constable Ruben McCormack and Detective Ruth Collins.
21-year badge: Lisa Colville.
28-year Long Service and Good Conduct Clasp: Senior Constable Grant Heney
21-year badge: Derek Coffey.
35-year Long Service and Good Conduct Clasp: Senior Constable Dave Colville and Senior Constable Peter Buzzard.
National DVI Team Certificate of Service: Inspector Iain McKenzie.
Area Commanders Commendation: Constable Kyle Abbott.