I’ve known for some time that Hilterman was a ranking Police Officer. No not through Google, and not through his name.
The media described him as a promiment public servant in Whakatane. Now this is the media code for a police officer as there are almost no public servants in Whakatane (or anywhere outside Wellington). So if you ever see that term used, it is almost always a cop.
I presume Mr Hilterman will no longer be a promiment public servant in the near future.