Stroke ends long polic­ing ca­reer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

SOUTH-EASTERN SUB­URBS RE­TIRED po­lice of­fi­cer Mike New­man says the big­gest dif­fer­ence he has seen in his 37 years on the job is the in­crease of the use and ef­fects of drugs.

Fol­low­ing a stroke last month, Mr New­man re­tired from his job as the of­fi­cer in charge at a south-east metropoli­tan po­lice sta­tion.

Mr New­man has worked in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions from in­ter­nal af­fairs and of­fi­cer in charge to traf­fic, in a range of lo­ca­tions from Merredin and Bruce Rock to Kens­ing­ton, Can­ning­ton and most re­cently, Mundi­jong.

He said over the years he had wit­nessed many hor­ri­ble crimes, but drugs, and the ef­fects of drugs, was the ma­jor dif­fer­ence since he started in 1978.

“When I first started it was al­co­hol and that has al­ways been an is­sue and al­ways will be,” he said.

“It is still a huge is­sue but drugs have just over­taken and it is the vi­o­lence that comes from the drugs as well.”

The 62-year-old said this, among other things, was one of the rea­sons why the po­lice have seen an in­crease in the weapons they use.

“When I first started I had a pair of hand­cuffs and a ba­ton,” he said.

“Now look what the guys get around in. That is a re­flec­tion on so­ci­ety.

“If peo­ple got in­volved and put their hand up and pro­vided po­lice with in­for­ma­tion and gave state­ments, we would solve a lot of prob­lems.”

He said that was what he wanted to see more with po­lice, them get­ting in­volved in the com­mu­nity. “Po­lice and cops are just like ev­ery­body: nor­mal guys and girls that have their own is­sues,” he said.

Mr New­man said he had an ex­cit­ing ca­reer, but life as a cop is noth­ing like it is por­trayed on tele­vi­sion.

“I haven’t shot any­body but I have had my gun out quite a few times, been in lots of high­speed chases,” he said.

Mike New­man.

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