Town recog­nises the ser­vice of its po­lice

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Sen. Const. Jim McKee and re­tired Sgt Frank Yates were the last of­fi­cers in charge at Brunswick be­fore the sta­tion closed in 1997. On Sat­ur­day they re­turned to the town along with a num­ber of for­mer Brunswick po­lice of­fi­cers for the un­veil­ing of a plaque recog­nis­ing their ser­vice.

PRO­TECT­ING and be­com­ing part of the com­mu­nity over 47 years, po­lice of­fi­cers posted to Brunswick were recog­nised in a cer­e­mony on Sat­ur­day.

A plaque was added to the Brunswick Pi­o­neer Wall recog­nis­ing the of­fi­cers posted to the town from the first sta­tion in 1950 to when it closed in 1997.

Re­gional WA as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Mur­ray Smal­page and South West su­per­in­ten­dent Mick Suther­land un­veiled the plaque with a num­ber of past of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies in at­ten­dance.

Brunswick res­i­dent and re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer Roy Scott said he and others or­gan­ised the plaque as there was lit­tle recog­ni­tion for po­lice of­fi­cers in WA.

“A lot of them par­tic­i­pated in the com­mu­nity and be­came in­volved,” he said.

“It’s a pioneer­ing com­mu­nity wall and I thought with po­lice of­fi­cers a part of the com­mu­nity, they should be recog­nised that way.”

Mr Scott thanked for­mer Brunswick sec­ond of­fi­cer James Parker for his as­sis­tance in re­search­ing the names of all the of­fi­cers-in-charge and sec­ond of­fi­cers, to be put on the wall.

For­rest MHR Nola Marino at­tended and paid trib­ute to the of­fi­cers who came to the small com­mu­nity and be­came a part of it.

“That meant a lot to us, that you re­spected and placed a value on our small com­mu­nity,” she said.

The last two of­fi­cers posted at Brunswick, sec­ond of­fi­cer James Parker and of­fi­cer-in-charge Sen. Const. Jim McKee.

Po­lice of­fi­cers that had been posted in Brunswick at­tend the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony.

Re­gional WA as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Mur­ray Smal­page and South West su­per­in­ten­dent Mick Suther­land un­veil the plaque.

Pic­tures: David Charlesworth

Re­tired Po­lice Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mick Burnby and his wife Denise.

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