7:30pm Thursday, June 2 on TV2
Join Graham Bell and the Police Ten 7 team this week on TV2 as they take viewers inside the cordon in the days after Christchurch’s horrific earthquake.
The New Zealand police came together in the largest operation of its kind when the 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch in February this year. The officers had to hit the ground running with limited resources in extreme circumstances.
In this episode the Police Ten 7 officers catch several people breaching the cordon, including a man who had posed as several different officials, including a St John Ambulance officer.
“To have someone pretending to be an emergency worker is really astonishing,” Bell says.
“You’ve got to ask yourself why they do that. People thought that he was part of the Fulton Hogan team, working with a contracting crew that were working inside there. He wore one of their vests and then he turned up wearing a St John Ambulance one. It takes all sorts.”
Bell says this particular episode shows, “otherwise law-abiding citizens driven by desperation to become law breakers”.
“It’s not hard to sympathise with them because it was a desperate situation.”
The Police Ten 7 camera operator on the other hand, was given permission to get inside the cordon, because of an existing relationship with the police team sent from Auckland’s North Shore to assist with earthquake rescue and recovery efforts.
This week’s episode also takes a look at the human fallout from the quake, with increased reports of public drunkenness and violence.
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