Stroke ends long policing career
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.