Mate, It's a Fair Cop
Troy Christophers wins the boys event at the Secondary Schools Police Challenge. An annual event in which east Auckland high schools race to complete the Physical Competency Test used by the police to judge the fitness of their officers...
~ By Tim George, Times.co.nz 18 September 2016
Ever wanted to be a cop? The Secondary Schools Police Challenge is an annual event in which east Auckland high schools race to complete the Physical Competency Test used by the police to judge the fitness of their officers.
On Friday August 26, teams from Macleans College, Pakuranga College, Edgewater College, Botany Secondary College, Howick College, Elim College and Sancta Maria College took part, with each school represented by a team of two boys and two girls.
Prizes are awarded for fastest girl, fastest boy and fastest team. This year that honour went to Pakuranga College.
Constable Merv Hotter is a School Community Officer who has been involved with the event since its inception.
“To get into the police and to stay in the police we have to pass what is called a police competency test. We do that once every two years.”
The course is based around common scenarios that police officers may become involved in, and no allowances are made for students.
“They’re doing exactly the same version as us,” Constable Hotter says.
Year 12 and 13 students are selected through their college’s careers department, with the competition targeted at students who are interested in a career with the police.
Constable Hotter says the competition shows these students what they do to get into the police force.
During the course, students have to push a trailer, run a couple hundred metres, run across a beam, jump through a window, go over a wall, a fence and drag a 70kg dead weight.
Constable Hotter was impressed with the standard of competition this year.
“The standard of fitness was really good this year. We didn’t have many kids who went over three minutes.”
Constable Hotter says students are always surprised by how tough the course is.
Troy Christophers from Botany Secondary College won the boys event with a time of 1:25.8.
Esme Du Plessis from Macleans College won the girls event with a time of 1:43.9. The team for Pakuranga College won with an overall time of 6:39.3.
PHOTO: Troy Christophers