Sergeant Bruce Martin, of the Alexandra-based rural drink-drive team, is a regular feature on the television show Highway Cops. Photo supplied.
A recent Australian tourist looked at Sergeant Bruce Martin
and said ''you're that guy from Highway Cops''.
• Police reality shows
The amiable officer has appeared regularly with his
Alexandra-based rural drink-drive team on the popular
television reality show, which screens in New Zealand and
The show rated well on both sides of the Tasman, and during
the recent Queenstown Winter Festival he met an Australian
tourist at a checkpoint who recognised him.
''You're that guy from Highway Cops. We watch your
show in Australia,'' she said as she requested a photo with
Sgt Martin said while some staff took some convincing to
appear on the show, officers recognised it ''was good PR''.
Ever since the show screened, he had received positive
feedback from the public, even those nabbed in front of the
''If we can just save just one life from people watching the
show and thinking I won't take that risk anymore, then we
have achieved something.''
While he was yet to have a ''blow on the pie'' moment - in
reference to a Police Ten 7 comment from an officer
which went viral - he was particularly proud of a
yet-to-be-featured clip of some Balclutha men dancing to
''It is really funny.''
The Central Otago-based officers also featured in the
documentary Five Days in the Red Zone, about officers
dispatched to Christchurch following the February 22, 2011,