Cop to work fi­nal shift

Her­vey Bay of­fi­cer started ca­reer aged 15

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - An­nie Perets an­[email protected] fraser­coastchron­i­

LOOK­ING at a photo of him­self as a fresh faced 15-year-old en­ter­ing the po­lice force, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Bob Groves says: “I can’t be­lieve they let that guy be a cop.”

The next four decades would be ded­i­cated to help­ing keep his com­mu­nity safe.

Af­ter a life­long ca­reer in the po­lice force, Snr Const Groves will work his fi­nal shift next week be­fore en­ter­ing re­tire­ment.

The grand­fa­ther’s lat­est stint has been 35 years in Her­vey Bay.

When asked about his first ever job as a cop, he hes­i­tates.

A lady at a dress shop was an­noyed at find­ing se­men on her frocks.

Not long af­ter, Snr Const Groves found him­self chas­ing crim­i­nals who had es­caped from prison.

A lot has changed over the years, he says, par­tic­u­larly the com­mu­nity’s re­la­tion­ship with po­lice.

He re­calls peo­ple be­ing a lot more “fright­ened” in the ear­lier days.

“When you would ar­rive, they would be try­ing to es­cape through the house win­dows,” Snr Const Groves said.

“Now they walk right into your car.”

When he moved to Her­vey Bay, the town’s pop­u­la­tion was about 5000 But staff num­bers grew along with the pop­u­la­tion.

Snr Const Groves is grate­ful that in all his years on the beat he never had to fire his gun nor was he se­ri­ously as­saulted.

“I’ve never been in­jured at work, but my mo­tor­bike has nearly killed me three times,” he said.

For Snr Const Groves, re­tire­ment will kick-off with a few cruises and trips to see friends liv­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of Aus­tralia.

And, a lot more time on that mo­tor­bike.

❝ I’ve never been in­jured at work but my mo­tor­bike nearly killed me. — Se­nior Con­sta­ble

Bob Groves

THANKS FOR YOUR SER­VICE: Her­vey Bay Se­nior Const Bob Groves is re­tir­ing af­ter four decades on the po­lice beat.

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