Typing job with a difference brings reward

Typist's long service recognised

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013
Andrew Coster and Pauline Flanders
ROBYN EDIE/ Fairfax NZ
RECOGNISED: Inspector Andrew Coster congratulates Pauline Flanders on 35 years service typing for the police.

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Pauline Flanders says she knows the details about every homicide in Southland in the past 35 years.

The police typist has been working tirelessly behind the scenes in the organisation for decades and yesterday was rewarded for her service.

Along with officers who had investigated crime, helped in the community and gone beyond the call of duty, Flanders received her award in front of friends and family at the ceremony for the Southland district.

But she downplays her contribution to the police.

Having moved to Southland from Australia, Flanders got a job writing up the notes for the police on a typewriter.

While those days were long gone, she had remained.

Working mainly in the CIB, Flanders said she had typed up notes about every homicide in the area for the past three decades.

Despite the gruesome details she had been privy too, there had been lots of laughs in the job as well.

"I just love the police force."

Southern area commander Inspector Lane Todd, who Flanders said was "just a baby" compared to her in the force, said she had always been "a character".

Her bubbly and positive attitude was an asset to the organisation, he said.

Other staff were also commended at the ceremony for their hard work, including Sergeant Wing-wah Ng and Detective Sergeant Grant Johnstone, who had both served 28 years.

Detective Sergeant Sean Cairns received a District Commander's Commendation for his work into a fraud case and sexual abuse investigation and Constable Damon Templeton received an Area Commander's Commendation for single-handley dealing with a serious crash at the end of last year.

Eighteen other staff and volunteers were recognised for their dedication to the police.

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