School community police moves on

Year 2 students Josh Arnold reads out a special poem for the much loved policeman. Photo supplied

There are so many unsung heroes that play a role in shaping our next generation, and Constable Merve Hotter has been one of them.

Working closely with local schools, Constable Hotter, the schools’ community officer Counties Manukau East, recently decided to move away from the area due to a new role he has accepted as a highway officer working out of Pokeno.

Elim Christian College hosted a special morning tea to farewell Constable Hotter for having worked closely with the Travelwise team  and the younger ones in terms of crossing the road safely, giving talks in classes and other safety measures he introduced.

Students read out poems and presented him with specially made cards.

“I have absolutely loved working with all of you and will miss that part of the role but the travel demands have become too demanding,” he said.

“For all those that have made appointments with me for term 2, I will be arranging someone else to come visit you and will let you know asap who that will be. I will be seeing out appointments made for the rest of this term.

Year 6 students say good bye to constable Merve Hotter. Photo supplied.

“Thank you all for your support over the last three years. Some of you were very tolerant with me at the start and I thank you for that.”

Neetha Mudhan, assistant campus lead-Golflands Campus of Elim Christian College, shares some images that speak louder than words of children interacting with the much loved constable with the Times.