Dee Why stopped for a moment yesterday to witness the retirement of six long-serving NSW Police officers.
With the pomp and pageantry of mounted police officers and bagpipes, the six retiring officers were given a send-off by their colleagues in a formal ‘march out’ ceremony that closed St David Avenue, Dee Why, around 3.15pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 19 May).
The six officers being honoured (names and images below) were all from the Northern Beaches Police Area Command and had collectively served nearly two centuries with the NSW Police Force.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker paid tribute to the officers’ dedication to the Northern Beaches community.
“Today was a celebration of six police officers who are retiring from the NSW Police Force. Collectively, they have just under 200 years of service within the NSW Police Force. They’ve had amazing careers, where they have served the community of NSW, but have also been mentors to their colleagues.
“The Northern Beaches Police Area Command have put on a wonderful celebration today, where all ranks have been here to celebrate the six retiring police officers,” said Asst Comm McCusker.
“More importantly, the family members of those officers have been here and had the opportunity to know how well respected and how well regarded their family members are within the NSW Police Force. It has given us a great opportunity to thank the family members for lending their family to us.
“As they [the retiring officers] now exit the NSW Police Force, they have all done that with a smile on their face, acknowledging their wonderful service and acknowledging everything that they have given to the community and to the NSW Police Force,” said Asst Comm McCusker.
Retiring officers (alphabetical order)
Sgt Gillian Hough
Sgt Alan Le Surf
Det Sgt Michael Morrall
Sgt David Olsen
Sgt Michael Sweeney
Snr Const Lorraine Yates
Images: Northern Beaches Advocate
Video: Luke Gavahan