Peel out to con­tinue legacy for Lowood

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

AF­TER the pass­ing of Se­nior Sergeant Troy Sal­ton ear­lier this year, the Lowood Po­lice Sta­tion has of­fi­cially wel­comed a new of­fi­cer in charge who is de­ter­mined to carry on the legacy of his dear friend.

Se­nior Sergeant Bruce Peel was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion on Oc­to­ber 13 af­ter tak­ing tem­po­rary charge from Fe­bru­ary, im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing Snr Sgt Sal­ton’s death, un­til July of this year.

He is no stranger to the area, with strong fam­ily roots in the re­gion and hav­ing spent many years polic­ing the area.

A brick­layer by trade, Snr Sgt Peel did not have any am­bi­tions of be­com­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer grow­ing up.

In­stead it was a good friend who con­vinced him to join in 1986 while he was in his mid-20s and he has loved ev­ery one of his 32 years in the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice.

Af­ter serv­ing his first 12 months polic­ing in Noosa, he was posted in Bris­bane for a few years where he walked the beat in the Queen Street Mall along­side for­mer po­lice­man now Lock­yer MP Jim Mcdon­ald.

It was Mr Mcdon­ald who sug­gested he look for pas­tures anew in the Lock­yer Val­ley and Snr Sgt Peel then spent al­most a decade at Lai­d­ley and an­other nine years in the stock squad be­fore mov­ing to Ip­swich.

“Coun­try polic­ing is my game,” Snr Sgt Peel said.

“I have big shoes to fill with the tragic pass­ing of a very good friend and col­league, who still re­mains very highly re­spected in this com­mu­nity.

“Troy has left an in­cred­i­ble legacy and is very much missed by the of­fi­cers and staff at Lowood sta­tion and we are de­ter­mined to carry on his good work.”

Snr Sgt Peel wanted po­lice and lo­cals to work to­gether.

“The po­lice are only as good as the com­mu­nity... I re­ally en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to work with us to make this a great place to live, work and visit,” he said.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

IN CHARGE: Se­nior Sergeant Bruce Peel was ap­pointed of­fi­cer in charge of the Lowood Po­lice Sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 13.

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