Story: Rural services

Rural policeman

Rural policeman

Tony Matheson, sole-charge constable in Featherston in the mid-1990s, talks to a local. Lone officers are particularly vulnerable in confrontations with criminals, and some rural police have been killed in the line of duty.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1994/2926/26
Photograph by Ray Pigney

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Rural services - Welfare and emergency services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008