New Zealand Police has witnessed one of the most diverse sets of officers graduating from Wing 342 of Royal New Zealand Police College earlier last month.

The year 2020 saw police pass a landmark of 10,000 officers despite having a very challenging training session due to Covid-19 in New Zealand. Some wings were unable to invite their loved ones to graduation even.

Recruit Wing 342 graduated from RNZPC mid-December adding another 59 to the 500 constables who had already joined the frontline during 2020.

Seven of the 59 graduates were of Indian descent with others being from South Africa, Samoa, Singapore, Ireland and the UK.

Besides English language, members speak Mandarin, Tongan, Samoan, Afrikaans, Hindi and Punjabi.

Constable Harmanjot Singh has been long associated with Community Patrols New Zealand in Tauranga and Queenstown, and it was while working with police on the jobs he aspired to see himself in the police uniform.

“Why can’t I be the one in that uniform? Why can’t I be a police officer and help and support the community?” were the thoughts I had when volunteering for CPNZ in Queenstown.

Harmanjot thanks in part to the support and encouragement he received from the officers at Queenstown Police Station during his police application process and after graduating from RNZPC, he is now posted back to Southern Districts.

“It’s people like Constable Harmanjot Singh who are worth their weight in gold to Community Patrols of New Zealand (CPNZ),” a spokesperson from the NZ Police said.

The seven constables of Indian origin who graduated from Wing 342 are Shonit Chandra, Sachin Khichi, Aditya Pednekar, Yatin Sharma, Gurdeep Singh, Harmanjot Singh, and Jodh Singh.