16 Jul 2008

Funeral of police officer today

6:36 am on 16 July 2008

The funeral is to be held on Wednesday of a police officer who was killed while on duty.

Sergeant Derek Wootton, 52, was struck by a stolen car and killed while laying road spikes in Titahi Bay last Friday. He was the 27th New Zealand police officer to die in the line of duty.

He grew up in the area and had been a police officer for 14 years.

Hundreds of mourners are expected at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua: his colleagues, police representatives from Australia, the Commissioner and the Minister of Police.

The service will include a piper and guard of honour, but organisers say it is first and foremost a chance for family members to say goodbye.