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NSW Police Holroyd LAC Manager Retires After 43 Years


Holroyd local area manager Mike Wood retired from the NSW Police Force today, after a whopping 43 years on the job.

But that doesn’t even make him the longest-serving administrative officer in the force.

That title is held by the man who sits opposite him — John Baulman.

Asked what kept him so long in the one job, Mr Wood said the job was interesting, and he enjoyed backing up the police. He joined when he was 18.

‘‘I was handpicked by [then] Superintendent Merv Beck to set up the administrative structure,’’ Mr Wood said with reference to the squad, after which the Raiders were named.

‘‘[NSW police commissioner Andrew] Scipione was a young constable in the squad.’’

Read more in Parramatta Sun.

New South Wales Police Force Say Good Bye To One of the Best

Senior Constable Owen Smith
Senior Constable Owen Smith

Serving on the thin blue line has been more than a rewarding experience for a Charlestown policeman. The much loved member of the New South Wales Police Force, Senior Constable Owen Smith’s 46-year career came to an end on Friday – but not without plenty of fanfare.

At 71, Owen Smith was New South Wales oldest serving Senior Constable. He’s clocked up 46 years with the force. “I’d like to finish my shift, then start a new life tomorrow”, said Senior Constable Smith, and his wife of 47 years is just glad he’s coming home for good.

Watch the report on NBN News.


First Greek Female Victoria Police Officer Leaving the Force With Pride

Sgt Calliope Kwas, the first Greek female officer in Victoria Police, is retiring after 34 years of service.

Calliope’s heart yearned for the blue uniform which to her symbolised justice. She was 24 years old when she came to the realisation the police force would be the love of her life.

“I was 24 years of age and still not married, resisting all the arranged match-ups,” Calli Kwas (nee Seitanidis) tells Neos Kosmos.

By joining Victoria Police Calli would finally break away from the stronghold that her mother and the Greek community had imposed upon her with their traditional and old-fashioned expectations, without rebelling or embarrassing them.

“My father was so proud that his daughter had become a police officer, but my mother was ashamed that I had joined a male-dominated work force,” Calli admits.

“She would always worry about what people would think, putting so much pressure on me.”

Her father was a police officer in Greece, but immigrated to Australia in 1961 to give his wife and two children a chance at a better life. They all worked very hard and kept the old fashioned values from their village.

Read more in Neos Kosmos.

Source: neoskosmos.com

Santa Cruz Police Officer With PTSD Fights for Disability Retirement

For many years, former Santa Cruz police officer Josafat “Joe” Rodriguez Jr. didn’t know he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, the 44 year old from Salinas at first didn’t acknowledge that the wail of a police siren triggered memories of sirens he heard during the war. The desert sirens warned of nerve-gas attacks, and Rodriguez would don a gas mask and take cover with his fellow Marines.

As a Santa Cruz police officer years later, Rodriguez joined the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and participated in guns-drawn drug raids on homes that also reminded him of the war. Even working at the police station, where people walked casually in halls carrying guns and wearing uniforms, was enough to give him an anxiety attack.

Now, according to attorneys involved in a court case that has spanned five years, an inability from him or anyone else to recognize his symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may cost him a disability retirement worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Shaffman, Rodriguez’ attorney, said Rodriguez struggled for a long time to understand his own mental health problems. He has since remarried and had a third child.

“Rodriguez gave enormous service and sacrifice to his country and this community at great personal cost. “He has no anger towards the city for how he has been treated, as he understands no one realized when he left that he was suffering from PTSD,” said Shaffman.

Now, Shaffman said, “His deepest desire is to continue to heal his own PTSD and help his fellow war veterans heal theirs.”

The Veterans Affairs crisis line can be reached at 800-273-8255 ext. 1 or by texting 838255 or visiting www.VeteransCrisisLine.net.

Read more in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Source: www.santacruzsentinel.com

Wynnum Police Station Sergeant Noel Bennett Reflects On 31 Year Career In QPS

Sergeant Noel Bennett reflected on 31 years of service on his final day in the police force last Thursday.

The former officer, who worked across Brisbane’s bayside, completed his last day at Wynnum Police Station after turning 60.

He started his police ­career at 28 and spent his first shifts patrolling the Brisbane City beat alone during the “eye-opening” late shift.

He was stationed at Woolloongabba, Wynnum, Hemmant and Capalaba districts over the course of his career, which he said was tough but rewarding.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Police Shed Tears As Dell Fisher Retires After 42 Years With Queensland Police Service

Cleaning 24 years worth of stuff from her Caloundra Police Station locker was one of the more arduous tasks that awaited retired Sergeant Dell Fisher.

With her 60th birthday last week came her retirement from a 42-year career with the Queensland Police Service.

The momentous commitment was honoured with a guard of honour by colleagues past and present as she walked out of Caloundra Police Station for the last time.

Read more in Noosa News.

Source: www.noosanews.com.au

Changing of the Guard As Grant Stevens Replaces Gary Burns As SA Police Commissioner

“Anyone who said they weren’t scared at any one time in their police career wouldn’t be telling the truth.” – those are the words of outgoing South Australian Police Commissioner Gary Burns. Commissioner Burns will be retiring from his post and the force on Monday after 46 years of service.

Next Tuesday Grant Stevens will become SA’s 21st police commissioner, taking over from incumbent Gary Burns, whose tenure finishes at midnight on Monday.

Stevens, 51, will take control of an organisation about to undergo one of its biggest shake-ups and at a time when there are more demands than ever facing it in areas as diverse as domestic violence, the growth of organised crime and the increasing threat of a terror attack.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

WA Police Officer Of The Year Retires

When Phil Tuffin joined the police force, he had to learn to talk to people properly. It was 1981, there were no computers and police officers did not carry weapons. He often had to work alone.

According to the retiring police officer, society has changed a lot since then. He said it was necessary for officers to carry all those accoutrements like tasers and guns now. “I do think that it allows people to rely on methods other than conversation to deal with situations,” he said. Conversation is what made Sergeant Tuffin such a good police officer.

Read more in Community News.

Source: www.communitynews.com.au

Veteran Sergeant Reflects On His Career As He Leaves ACT Police After 33 Years

Sergeant Neit is one of a group of departing ACT Policing veterans, many of whom have resisted moves to federal policing and stayed local, despite a perception it hinders career progression. 

It includes the highly-respected detective sergeant Bob Wynn, head of the exhibit management centre Ashley McCammon, crime manager Robert Krajina, and media team leader Peter Brewer.

“There’s about 150 years of policing experience going out the door this week,” Sergeant Neit said.

“Sometimes it is a shame that it goes out the door and it is just lost.”

An entirely different world existed for Canberra’s police when Sergeant Neit decided to join up in his early 20s, one he believes was actually more violent, more rough-and-tumble.

Read more in Canberra Times.

Source: www.canberratimes.com.au

Dell Fisher Calls It a Day After 42 Years In The Queensland Police Service

The police service was very much a man’s world when Dell Fisher joined up in 1973.

Female officers were not only in the minority, they were expected to do menial tasks considered unsuitable for men.

That often included typing, filing and chauffeuring senior officers around.

A lot has changed since then and Sgt Fisher is now a shift supervisor at Caloundra Police Station and looking forward to starting a well-earned retirement.

She still has a few weeks left on the job but last night some of the state’s top police brass, including Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, were on hand to officially farewell her during a function at Pelican Waters Golf Club.

Check out tomorrow’s daily for a feature on dell’s career.

Photo: Dell Fisher with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Photo credit: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Source: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au