Ded­i­cated to serv­ing his com­mu­nity

Cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of po­lice ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50 LIFE - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

CEL­E­BRAT­ING 40 years of ac­tive po­lice ser­vice for his com­mu­nity, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Peter Sav­age was given a Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal at his re­tire­ment func­tion ear­lier this year.

Born in Glen Eden to par­ents Stan and Beth, near Bin­jour Plateau, Peter at­tended Bin­jour State School un­til Year 10 then Gayn­dah for Years 11 and 12.

“Po­lice re­cruit­ment came to our school and were mar­ket­ing it well with the other stu­dents, things were tough on the fam­ily prop­erty, I had as­pi­ra­tions to just work on the prop­erty but it was hard,” Mr Sav­age said.

“Cat­tle prices were low and it wasn’t fea­si­ble, so I joined the cadets in 1974 and re­mained a cadet at the Ox­ley po­lice academy for three years.

“I started on the city beat in Bris­bane and then went to Holland Park doing gen­eral du­ties for about six months; then went to Emer­ald for three years from 1977 to 1980.”

This move led to him to meet­ing the love of his life.

“I met my wife Mary in Emer­ald when our paths crossed, we got en­gaged and she fol­lowed me to Lon­greach where I took up a plain clothes ap­point­ment in the Stock In­ves­ti­ga­tion Squad,” Mr Sav­age said.

“We got mar­ried and had three chil­dren, Luke, Scott and Caitlin: two live in Bris­bane and Scott lives in Stock­leigh, near Jim­boomba.”

One of the chal­lenges faced in the po­lice force in the early 1970s and 1980s was lack of tech­nol­ogy.

“In Emer­ald we didn’t have mo­bile phones in those days, ra­dio cov­er­age was non-ex­is­tent, for us we had to check with the man­ual phone exchange to see if there was any ac­tive work for us to do,” Mr Sav­age said.

“Over the years po­lice num­bers ex­panded from 3500 when I first started out as a cadet to around 11,500 of­fi­cers this year.”

Mr Sav­age has served with dis­tinc­tion in a range of po­lice ap­point­ments, par­tic­u­larly with his ex­per­tise and lead­er­ship as Deputy Com­man­der In­ter­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Group and Dis­trict Of­fi­cer at Bris­bane Cen­tral.

His last oper­a­tional shift was March 3 and is now on pre-re­tire­ment leave un­til Fe­bru­ary 2018.

“I’m cur­rently rest­ing up with my fam­ily and en­joy­ing some free time as my son just got mar­ried,” he said.

“I in­tend to spend some time help­ing out on the fam­ily’s prop­erty and tak­ing care of my par­ents.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MILE­STONE: De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Peter Sav­age with a cer­tifi­cate for his 40 years in the po­lice force.

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