This is my end of year report for the last edition of
the RPA Gazette for 2016 and I ask myself, where has this year gone?
For myself I can confidently say that when you are busy, then time
surely flies and busy I have been especially at this time of the
year. Just checking my diary for the last couple of months I see
that I have: Attended a number of “National Police Remembrance Day”
services – the very fitting annual ‘Wall of Remembrance’ service in
the Domain, Sydney and later one held at the Jewish Central
Synagogue in Bondi.
I attended the very impressive and hugely successful
“Back-up for Life” Expo at Rosehill and for which I wish to
congratulate the Police Legacy and Police Force organisers’ on
providing such a quality production. It was at this event that I was
privileged to be presented by Commissioner Scipione with the very
first of the newly created ‘Retired Police ID Card.’ * That evening
I attended a Parramatta PCYC Boxing Tournament and the following day
I attended my first Police Class Reunion (Class 137 of 1973)
I also attended the annual Police RSL Sub-Branches’
“Remembrance Day “ service at the Sydney Police Centre’s War
Memorial and these were just a few of the highlights amongst
attending to the ongoing Retired Police Association business and my
S.E.S commitments, my RSL Board responsibilities and other
organisation's involvements as well as trying to be a good partner
to my very patient lady-friend and taking care of my dear old Mum. I
even found time to attend my next-door neighbour’s birthday party.
Ethel had turned 107. Sadly, I also found time to attend Ethel’s
funeral, just 39 days later and where I was able to extend my
condolences to her grandson Andrew, a serving Policeman in the
police air wing.
Ahead of me, I will endeavour to attend the many
Christmas functions I have been invited to, from the many RPA
Branches, RSL, SES, Police Legacy and other organisations who have
been kind enough to extend invitations to me, on behalf of the RPA.
Finally, I would like to bring to your notice, the
‘retirement’ of a very well- nown and long-time friend of mine -
Lloyd Taylor. I think I can say unequivocally that Lloyd is known to
all of you in one or several of his many roles. Lloyd was once the
ever popular President of the Police Association and until very
recently, an oft re-elected Police Credit Union/Police Bank
Director. He even spent some time on the Committee of Management of
the RPA. But on the 24 November 2016, he of his own choosing, will
stand-down from the position of Company Director of the Police Bank.
Over many decades, Lloyd has provided dedicated service in one form
or another, both in and to the ‘Police Family’ and we thank him for
this commitment and wish him well for the future. Despite his
self-imposed ‘retirement’ I can’t help feeling we haven’t heard the
last of him. However, he does pass the baton on to his Detective
Inspector son, ‘ Grant’ to carry-on the Taylor family policing
In closing, I would like to wish you all a very Happy
Christmas and a Safe and Healthy New Year.
*As a very fitting addendum, I would like to quote
the closing paragraphs from Commissioner Scipione's report which
appears on page 3 on the November 2016 issue of the “Police Monthly”
(permission sought and given to reproduce this document).
Commissioner Scipione says: “I encourage all former
police to take advantage of the Backup for Life program and the
services it offers. As I have said before: you can leave the Force
but the Force never leaves you. And in further recognition of the
great work and contribution, a retired officer identification card
has been introduced. The card is the result of a number of years of
hard work by the NSW Retired Police Association and it was my
pleasure to present the first card to the current president, Mr Paul
Biscoe. This identification card is a permanent reminder of a proud
We thank the Commissioner for this recognition.
Paul Biscoe OAM