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        STATE PRESIDENTS' REPORT:

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 tradition.

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 policing career.”

We thank the Commissioner for this recognition.

Paul Biscoe OAM
State President

 

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