Honouring 2700 years of policing service

By Sandro Lofaro

Seventy-five recently-retired members, who collectively gave thousands of years of policing service to the Victorian community, were honoured and warmly celebrated at a TPAV function held in early March.

The retired members who called time on their policing careers during the course of the previous two years had each served an average of nearly 36 years.

All attendees were meant to have been honoured at TPAV’s annual Retired and Life Members’ dinner in October last year, but the event was postponed due to Covid restrictions that applied in Victoria at the time.

Police Association President John Laird thanked and paid tribute to all the retirees honoured on the night, presenting each individually with a commemorative watch.

The dinner was also a chance for many our recent retirees who all served a minimum of 25 years in the job, to get together and re-live fond memories.

The honour for the longest serving retiree on the night went to former LSC Laurie Carter APM (16711) who served in the job for 50 years when he called time on his marathon policing career in March last year.

Former Assistant Commissioner Jack Blaney, who attended the dinner as one of the 75 recent retirees, thanked TPAV, along with partners ESSSuper and BankVic, for the event on behalf of all his fellow retirees.