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Top NZ cop shares horror of attending fatal crash scenes, knocking on doors to deliver the news

This Easter there will be 1070 dedicated road safety officers to help prevent accidents, but police still strongly advise everyone to drive carefully during the holiday.

Superintendent Steve Greally, national manager for road police, has told 1 NEWS today what it's like for a police officer when dealing with a fatal crash.

Read more: Hamilton couple who lost two sons in Easter crash plead with Kiwis to drive safely this long weekend

"It’s like something out of a Hollywood scene.

"Nothing really prepares you for it, you get training at college, but until you go to your first one you don’t really understand just exactly what you’re dealing with."

Bluntly, they are horrific. 

Mr Greally acknowledges fire and ambulance crews who work alongside police to ensure people are distracted and looked in the wake of a crash, but says there’s not much they can do when a fatality occurs.

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Sia Mosaferi and Mohy Sharifi lost two children in an accident on the Desert Road on Good Friday, 2018. Source: 1 NEWS

"It takes a toll on us [emotionally] we'd much rather we didn’t have to do it."

The process of informing a family that a loved one was involved in a fatal crash can be an excruciating process for cops. 

The process involves two police officers knocking on their doors to deliver the bad news.

"You don’t know how to do it, they're all different."

"We have to go in there and ruin their lives."

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Superintendent Steve Greally shares his experiences of attending fatal crashes. Source: 1 NEWS