THREE retired police officers living in the Goulburn region were honoured last Friday morning when presented with national Police Service medals.
Hume’s MP Angus Taylor and Local Area Command acting Superintendent Evan Quarmby presented the medals to retired Chief Superintendent Ian Radford, retired officer Robert (Bob) Munday, and retired officer Ray Strong.
Each had joined the NSW Police in the 1960s and retired in the 1990s, with careers spanning general policing, United Nations Force in Cyprus and scientific units.
“One of the best things I get to do when I’m relieving positions around the command is to come and help celebrate and recognise some of the people before me in this organisation,” Superintendent Quarmby said at the informal ceremony.
“What you have done and put into this organisation has made it what it is today … You’ve built this force.”
Mr Taylor said he thought it a “great honour” to present the service medals to the men.
Mr Radford joined the NSW Police in 1961 and had a career that spanned hundreds of kilometres, from three metropolitan divisions to Narribri, Grafton, Dubbo, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Griffith and the Southern Highlands. He was awarded the National Medal in 1980 and again in 1991 and 1997. He retired in 1997.
Mr Munday joined the force in 1967 and worked across the No. 14 Division, CI Branch, No. 25 Division, Albury and Queanbeyan. Mr Munday also spent 10 years in scientific and forensic policing.
He was awarded the National Medal in 1983 and the first Clasp to the National Medal in 1993. He retired in 1993.
Mr Strong joined the police in 1968. He was first stationed at Burwood and later in No. 21 Division, Newtown and Marrickville before transferring to North Broken Hill, a one-man station.
He then worked in Lightning Ridge and, later, Wyong. In 1991, he was transferred to Hillston Police Station as officer- in-charge, where he retired in 1996.
In 1992, Mr Strong attended Government House in Sydney, where the Governor of NSW Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair, alongside then Police Commissioner Tony Lauer, awarded him the Police Overseas Service Medal, for his 12-month involvement with the United Nations Forces in Cyprus.
Mr Strong was one of 40 police officers from across Australia attached to the UN Force.
He was also awarded the National Medal in 1984 and the first Clasp to the National Medal in 1995.