Goulburn celebrates the service of our retired police

HONOURABLE MEDAL: The National Police Service Medal was presented to retired Senior Constable Manny Rivera. Photo: Mariam Koslay

HONOURABLE MEDAL: The National Police Service Medal was presented to retired Senior Constable Manny Rivera. Photo: Mariam Koslay

Approximately 20 retired officers, family and friends came together to celebrate the service of past Goulburn officers on Thursday morning at the Soldiers Club.

The function, held each year for Goulburn retired police officers, is a time for past colleagues to catch up and voice questions they might have.

The morning consisted of speeches and presentations from Acting Superintendent John Klepczarek, Inspector Rob Post and a Hume LAC Drug Unit officer. 

Senior Constable Manny Rivera, who retired in 2006, was presented the National Police Service Medal. Retired attendees also received NSW police pins handed out by Inspector Post.

Mr Klepczarek started the mornings speeches by acknowledging the need for the local police to look behind at past officers in order to tackle the future.

“There’s a lot of technological advancements because of what you picked up on,” he said. “We have what we have today because of you and we thank you for everything you did.”

Gratitude and appreciation was a prevalent theme throughout the whole event as Mr Klepczarek and Inspector Post listened to the queries and questions the past officers brought up.

OFFICERS MINGLING: Old and new friends come together to catch up and have some tea at the Soldiers Club. Photo: Mariam Koslay.

OFFICERS MINGLING: Old and new friends come together to catch up and have some tea at the Soldiers Club. Photo: Mariam Koslay.

Questions surrounded services retired officers could access and some troubles they might be facing. In addition, attendees were invited to ask any questions to the current Goulburn police in return. 

Due to the change of technology and police methodology Inspector Post said that it was important that retired Goulburn police were updated with developments of the NSW police force.

“The retired police are connected and supported as a part of this event,” he said. “We give a snap shot of what we’re doing and people who attend also catch up with old colleagues.”

Talks of establishing a Retired Police Association for retired Goulburn officers to regularly meet and organise events together was another important agenda, with many who have attended over the last few years establishing important networks.  

Old photos of past Goulburn officers organised by Inspector John Sheehan were also on display with people encouraged to identify the officers in the pictures. 

Retired Police Day was created by Commissioner Andrew Scipione in 2012 as part of the NSW Police Force’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations. It honours the contribution, sacrifice and ongoing legacy of NSW retired police officers.

Retired Police Day is celebrated by different police stations all around NSW with another similar event taking place in Bowral. 

For more information on next years Retired Police Day event please contact Tracy Clewett on 4823 0302. 

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