Dedicated to serving his community
Celebrating 40 years of police service
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.”
MILESTONE: Detective Superintendent Peter Savage with a certificate for his 40 years in the police force.