NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush
3 August 2016
Trainees on the next Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course starting next Monday will be privileged to have Police Commissioner Mike Bush as their patron.
The LSV course at Burnham Military Camp near Christchurch, run by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development, has already helped thousands of young New Zealanders change their lives for the better.
Officer Commanding, Youth Development Unit (YDU) South, Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR) Grant Boore, said the main objective of the six-week course is to get the young people into employment or further study.
“We do this by instilling in them the YDU values of self-discipline, co-operation, confidence and respect. These values underpin every activity we undertake with the trainees, and form the ongoing programme,” said LTCDR Boore.
YDU South runs five six-week courses a year, with around 100 trainees on each course. LSV trainees are drawn from registered unemployed persons between the ages of 18 to 25.
Commissioner Bush said it is an honour to be patron of this LSV course.
“Since it began, LSV has helped many young people increase their confidence and improve their job prospects.
“Police have enjoyed a long and positive relationship with LSV over the years, including the involvement of a Police mentor in each course since the programme began. We’ve even had some LSV participants go on to join Police after the course and I hope to see more from a diverse range of backgrounds join us in future,” said Commissioner Bush.
“There’s so much potential in our young people and the LSV scheme is a unique opportunity for them to push their own physical and mental boundaries, and guides them towards fulfilling that potential.
“It’s not only the life skills these young people are trained in that will change their lives, but the core values the programme builds on – self-confidence, motivation and initiative,” he said.
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