Following in his dad's boots

22:51, Jul 20 2014
Dave Phiskie
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Senior Constable Bill Phiskie, left, and Constable Dave Phiskie were drawn to the same career path.

Timaru now has two Phiskie policemen, with Dave joining his father Bill on the force.

Senior Constable William Phiskie, or Bill as he is known to his friends, started off in the police in Timaru 34 years ago, becoming a dog handler.

His son, Constable Dave Phiskie, took a different route, leaving university to play rugby professionally in Ireland. After he realised he was "too broken" and needed a job, he had a think about what he would do.

Despite the fact that during Bill Phiskie's career he had been both stabbed and shot, his son still wanted to join the police force.

"I called Dad and told him and he told me to go and get some experience in a big centre first," Dave Phiskie said.

He chose Auckland for the first five years before moving here with his wife and 6-month-old daughter.


"I suppose I looked up to him," Dave Phiskie said.

"I knew what I was getting myself in for, growing up in a police family."

He said with his father being the dog handler, people knew who he was and sometimes it caused a bit of trouble.

However, it had its perks.

"Back in the day when I would be finishing up at The Sail he would be finishing a shift so I would hitch a ride," Dave Phiskie said.

It had been a rewarding career move being able to help people on a daily basis, he said.

However, his father is winding down his career as a cop. His workmates joke it is hard to find him on a Friday when it is equestrian eventing season. The senior Phiskie has devoted his life to animals. And of course his family, he hastened to add.

First dogs, and now horses.

Bill Phiskie is no longer a dog handler but does a lot of horse event judging and selecting.

"It's been a great life. It has had its moments," he said.

Meanwhile Phiskie is savouring being a grandfather to three girls after raising two sons.

"I won't say if I have had makeup put on me. They are all awesome and I love it," he said.

The Timaru Herald