Lo­cal po­lice sta­tion’s his­tory on dis­play

Alpine Observer - - News -

NEXT year will be 160 years since Bright’s first po­lice sta­tion opened.

Iron­i­cally the sta­tion, built in 1859, was at the same lo­ca­tion it cur­rently is, only back then Bright was known as Morses Creek.

The im­me­di­ate area in Park Street also housed the court house and gold com­mis­sioner’s of­fice and was re­ferred to as ‘Gov­ern­ment Hill’.

In 1866 the po­lice sta­tion’s name was changed to the Bright Po­lice Sta­tion and was then staffed by a lone mounted trooper, SC Sey­mour Larkan who re­mained in charge un­til 1878.

Nu­mer­ous OICs fol­lowed with the last mounted trooper be­ing 1st Con­sta­ble Ron­ald Kirk 8499, com­plet­ing duty from 1954 to 1961.

Bright re­mained a one man po­lice sta­tion up un­til 1969 when the staffing level in­creased from one 1st Con­sta­ble to in­clude one Ser- geant, Sgt Fran­cis Dempse.

Sev­eral other staffing in­creases oc­curred up un­til 1985 when the ad­di­tion of a Se­nior Sergeant Wil­liam Hey­den took place.

In 1985 the staff level in­creased to in­clude one Se­nior Sergeant, one Sergeant and five other ranks.

There’s now one more ad- di­tional ranked of­fi­cer tak­ing the to­tal to six as well as a pub­lic ser­vant.

A brief his­tory of the Bright Po­lice Sta­tion is fea­tured at the front of the build­ing in­clud­ing the door from the first cell.

A list of sta­tion com­man­ders/of­fi­cers in charge can also be found in the foyer.

OLD: Bright’s pre­vi­ous po­lice sta­tion has been re­placed by one four times the size.

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