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That’s about to change as police offcers gear up to tackle East Auck- land school sports teams at rugby, rugby league, football and netball. The matches are the brainchild of acting senior sergeant Jeremy Field, of Counties Manukau East Police, and kick-off on April 4. Mr Field is arranging games against schools including Edgewater, Macleans, Howick and Pakuranga Colleges and all are open to the pub- lic to watch. They follow work he began last year that saw his Counties Manukau East Police sports teams win all but two contests from more than a dozen against school squads. “The good thing about those games was the way the school pupils inter- acted with us on a personal level,” Mr Field told the Times. “It wasn’t only from the kids we played against and their supporters, but also pupils who came to watch the games and the positivity we got from teachers. “The kids saw we’re ordinary peo- ple just like them and that they can approach us whether we are working or not.” Several of the standout police play- ers last year were Auckland under-21 rugby representative Travis Brooke and the rampaging forward Shaun Winstanley. Ben Thornton’s goal kicking accu- racy saved the police team at least once, as he made every kick in one match, including several from the sideline. Pakuranga College director of sport Clive Daniels says the school’s First XV rugby team will be out for revenge after losing to the police team 19-5 in their frst encounter. “We found the game a good tool for the pupils to interact with police in an informal setting,” Mr Daniels says. “They see police as normal people playing sport and we know they’ll give us a good hard match.” One of the offcers dusting off her netball shoes is sergeant Jane Field, of Counties Manukau East Police’s tactical crime reduction unit. She played and coached the sport as a school pupil and was a member of a social netball team last year. Mrs Field says the police team trains once a week, focusing on ft- ness, ball skills and court work. “A lot of women police offcers are quite ft, so we should have stamina and endurance,” she says. “I’m hop- ing we can outlast them [school teams]. “It’s about getting out there, meet- ing with local youth and building relationships. “It’s not about winning. However, we’re extremely competitive.” Schedule of games Counties Manukau East Police teams take on Edgewater College’s First XV rugby and netball teams at about 1.15pm on April 4 at the school in Edgewater Drive, Pakuranga. Macleans College First XV and netball teams at about 1pm on April 9 at the school in Macleans Road, Bucklands Beach. Howick College First XV and net- ball teams at about 1pm on April 17 at the school in Sandspit Road. Pakuranga College First XV and netball teams at about 1pm on May 7 at the school in Pakuranga Road. Matches against sports teams from Sancta Maria Catholic and Botany Downs Secondary Colleges are to be confrmed. Cops strap on boots GAME TIME: Among the Counties Manukau East Police officers taking on secondary schools in a series of competitive sport matches are, from left, Travis Brooke, Jeremy Field, Chrissy Mazengarb, Jane Field and Lauren Harding-Parkins. 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