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Issue No. 410 February 2017

New Year Honours 2017

Senior Constable Sue Guy, left, and Sergeant Su Robinson
Photo: Sergeant Graham Morrell, Eastern District.

Two Hawke’s Bay officers who have developed and implemented a range of long-running youth, victim and prevention initiatives became Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year’s Royal Honours list.

Sergeant Su Robinson, of Hastings Public Safety Team, and Senior Constable Sue Guy, a field intelligence officer, received their awards for services to New Zealand Police and youth.

Also honoured was Mrs Sandra Ibbotson, co-founder of Napier Community Patrol, who received the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to the community.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the awards are richly deserved and illustrate the recipients’ drive, energy and enthusiasm in making a positive, tangible difference to the lives of young people and the wider community.

For services to New Zealand Police and youth

Sergeant Robinson has been a member of New Zealand Police since 1997, and has served in Wellington and Eastern districts and in Bougainville.

As a Youth Aid Officer for nine years, Sergeant Robinson has gone above and beyond her expected duties to organise and deliver youth programmes.

She has been a driving force with the Hastings Blue Light Committee and co-developed the Blue Light Driver Education Programme for young drivers.

She co-established (with Senior Constable Sue Guy) the initiative Wahine Toa to work with young women who have been victims of sexual abuse and provide a supportive holistic programme to improve the wellbeing, education, safety and self-esteem of the participants.

Participants spend time with clinical presenters, counsellors and motivational speakers and have the opportunity to participate in team-building, creative and outdoor activities.

Sergeant Robinson has been instrumental in running camps in Eastern District for more than 10 years, enabling 157 local teenagers to benefit from the programme.

The success of the programme saw it picked up by other Blue Light branches around New Zealand. This has led to development of the Tame Toa programme for male victims of sexual violence, which is also run in Police districts around New Zealand.

For services to New Zealand Police and youth

Senior Constable Guy joined New Zealand Police in 1993 and has been based in the Eastern District.

Senior Constable Guy co-established Wahine Toa to work with young women who have been victims of sexual abuse and has been instrumental in securing funding for annual camps in Eastern District over the past 13 years.

She established a regular Trail Bike Ride fundraising event for the Hastings Blue Light Committee and co-developed the Blue Light Driver Education Programme.

She has been a member of the Hip Hop Cops and has visited numerous schools and organisations in Hawke’s Bay, nationally and overseas to deliver anti-crime/anti-drug performances.

Senior Constable Guy was actively involved in the Te Ao Marama Graffiti Art Programme for 10 years and was a founding Trustee of Te Ao Marama Roopu Trust, helping to secure premises for an artistic ‘safe space’ for the young people of Hawke’s Bay.


Sandra Ibbotson

For services to the community

Mrs Ibbotson co-founded Napier Community Patrol (NACP), in conjunction with Police, in 2006 and has been the driving force behind its development.

NACP has grown into an organisation with more than 240 volunteers, the largest community patrol in New Zealand. Mrs Ibbotson, NACP Coordinator since 2006, was selected as national Recruitment and Membership Convenor for Community Patrols New Zealand in 2015.

She regularly speaks to community groups and arranges promotional stalls at events, and interviews people interested in joining NACP. She has prepared and maintains a comprehensive training manual for all new NACP members.

She keeps patrollers up to date on forthcoming events and patrol news via a comprehensive newsletter. She prepares six-monthly incident and statistics reports using information gained from patrol reports, which are provided to police, all patrollers and to funders and supporters.

She presents NACP submissions to Napier City Council for ongoing funding. NACP has secured more than 50 sponsors, almost all following approaches by Mrs Ibbotson or her husband Bruce.

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