18 Apr 2013

Australian police cited for NZ earthquake roles

10:02 am on 18 April 2013

Victoria Police officers who helped in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake are being recognised for their role.

More than 130 officers were deployed to the area after the earthquake on 22 February 2011 to help identify victims, conduct search and rescue missions and work with the community.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says his officers will receive citations for their month-long tour of duty in the disaster zone.

"This was a tragedy for our neighbours, and we were glad to be able to join a national and worldwide response," he said in a statement.

Officers will receive their citations during a ceremony on Thursday at the Victoria Police Academy in Melbourne.

The New Zealand High Commissioner and senior New Zealand police members will be present.