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        STATE PRESIDENTS' REPORT:
It’s November already and I’m wondering where this year has gone. This last quarter of each year is especially a busy time for me. In September Retired Police have many opportunities to connect with our serving counterparts and I try to attend as many of them as I can. I was able to attend a number of “Retired Police Day” functions at various Local Area Commands. Each was slightly different in content but all demonstrated their desire to acknowledge and welcome their forebears in policing – us, and for this gesture my fellow retired police attendees and I were very grateful. The feedback from various RPA Branches throughout the state has been similarly very positive and we applaud NSW Police for continuing this annual event. It is in September too that we experience ”Police Week” which embraces a number of annual Police events and from which we are able to come together with our serving Police to commemorate “National Police Remembrance Day” where together we pay tribute to all those Police who died or were killed as a result of their service. The Sydney service was held on 29 September at the “NSW Police Wall of Remembrance” in the Domain and I once again had the pleasure of accepting an invitation to deliver a prayer and lay a wreath on behalf of Retired Police. There were many other “National Police Remembrance Day” services conducted throughout the state and beyond and which are mostly conjointly organised by local serving Police and our RPA Branches. Again from feedback received, these services too were conducted accordingly and well attended. At the end of “Police Week” it was capped off with the Police Legacy’s annual “Blue Ribbon Ball” which was held at Sydney’s Darling Harbour International Convention Centre. I was unfortunately unable to attend on this occasion but I have heard from many who did, that it was a very successful and enjoyable evening. There was another event which I sadly only learnt about after it had been held on 6 October and it was the annual commemoration service conducted at the Sydney Police Centre’s “NSW Police Memorial Wall.” This memorial is dedicated to the memory of those sworn and unsworn Police who had died while in office and on this occasion I was not extended an invitation to attend. This was disappointing as Retired Police, who are members of the Police Family, deserved to be represented. It was additionally disappointing as I had been an original member of the organising committee who actually created the memorial. However the greatest disappointment was for me personally. This wall has a special significance, for it was only last year that my former wife’s name was  added to the list of names on the memorial. She was a serving Senior Sergeant at the time of her untimely death. When I made enquiries as to why an invitation had not been extended to me to attend this service, I was told that it was an “oversight.” This response did little to appease my feelings. That aside, this November I have attended the Police RSL SubBranch organised “National Remembrance (Armistice) Day” service on 11 November at the War Memorial in the foyer of the Sydney Police Centre. I was privileged to lay an RPA wreath in memory of those Police who took leave to join the armed services and who paid the supreme sacrifice - LEST WE FORGET. In the coming weeks and throughout December I will be attending many functions to which I have been invited. Some of them being: the Police RSL Sub-Branches’ Christmas function, the Police Legacy Christmas function, the Police Bank AGM and quite a few RPA Branch Christmas functions as well as a number of related commitments. I am exceedingly grateful to these groups and organisations for their kind invitations and I make a concerted effort to attend each and every one. I take great pride, in my capacity as President, to represent the Retired Police Association on these occasions. As I said in my opening, this time of the year is a very busy time and I find I am fairly stretched to cover all these engagements and still devote time to look after my small family that is very dear to me, but despite this and after doing this now for so many years, I still love doing this “job”…… And so on that note and at this very special time of the year, may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Safe and Healthy New Year.
 
Paul Biscoe OAM
State President
 
 

 

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