One of our ‘most-liked cops’ is bidding farewell to New Zealand and moving across the Tasman to continue his career in the Western Australia Police.
Constable Wells Albert, Ethnic People’s Community Relations Officer at the Waitemata District Police based in Waitakere, will shortly leave for Perth, which he says, would be more suitable for his young family.
“Weather and being closer home are the two reasons why we are moving. New Zealand has been a great place; the country gave me a career in the Police Force, while the communities treated me with love and respect,” he told Indian Newslink during a farewell visit last week.
Mr Albert is aware that thousands of people, including the members of the Muthtamil Sangam will miss him, especially players and lovers of Cricket. As the Captain and Coach of the Sangam’s Cricket team, he has won several medals and citations for the organisation over the years.
He was also a member of the independent panel of Judges of the Indian Newslink Indian Sports Awards 2012.
Arriving from his native Kanyakumari at the Southern-most tip of India (in Tamil Nadu) as a student in 2002, he joined the New Zealand Police four years later.
As well as performing general duties of a Constable, he was a part of the Waitakere Traffic Alcohol Group, the Investigation Unit and the Family Violence Investigation Unit.
His role as the Ethnic People’s Community Relations Officer brought him closer to a cross-section of the population in West Auckland.
“I may not have an opportunity to meet everyone to bid farewell but I will carry with me their goodwill and good wishes,” Mr Albert said.
Married to Leen, the couple have two sons, Aryan (5), Daniel (1) and Sarah born just four weeks ago.
The Waitemata District Police Management has planned a farewell for him with a Poroporoaki on September 7, 2012.