Pig­nataro marks end of ser­vice

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Af­ter nearly 30 years with Vic­to­ria Po­lice, Horsham’s Alan Pig­nataro has re­tired.

Mr Pig­nataro, 52, of­fi­cially marked his end of ser­vice at a pre­sen­ta­tion at Horsham Po­lice Sta­tion.

He was Di­vi­sional Firearms of­fi­cer, a role he had for more than 20 years, help­ing to sup­port the firearms com­mu­nity and re­duce illegal-weapons trade.

In a ca­reer ded­i­cated to the com­mu­nity, Mr Pig­nataro said he had learnt above all else to treat ev­ery­one with re­spect and dig­nity re­gard­less of their sit­u­a­tion.

He said his mo­ti­va­tion came back to help­ing Horsham dis­trict be a safe place to live, work and raise a fam­ily.

“It’s all about com­mu­nity ser­vice at the end of the day,” he said.

“Help­ing peo­ple and just mak­ing a bet­ter place to live and sur­vive. At the end of the day, I’ve raised a fam­ily in the same town.”

Mr Pig­nataro said he com­pleted an ap­pren­tice­ship and worked as an elec­tron­ics tech­ni­cian for about six years be­fore de­cid­ing to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“It was some­thing I al­ways wanted to do, so I went and did it,” he said.

“I started in Mel­bourne – ev­ery­one starts in Mel­bourne – and then went to a cou­ple of coun­try sta­tions be­fore end­ing up in Horsham.

“Sub­se­quently, I got mar­ried and started a fam­ily and I’m still here.

“Mel­bourne is hus­tle and bus­tle and quite ex­cit­ing as a young per­son. But it is cer­tainly no place to bring up a fam­ily as far as I’m con­cerned.”

Mr Pig­nataro was also a Horsham Ru­ral City coun­cil­lor.

He said Horsham was a ‘won­der­ful place’ forged by ‘whole­some’ peo­ple, and a city that had given him many op­por­tu­ni­ties in both his ca­reer and fam­ily life.

“I wouldn’t still be here wasn’t so at­trac­tive,” he said.

“It’s cer­tainly pro­vided many op­por­tu­ni­ties for me, both as a po­lice­man and as a par­ent in town rais­ing chil­dren.

“The peo­ple are very laid back, they have no hid­den agen­das, and if it they gen­er­ally want your as­sis­tance, guid­ance or help.”

While he said he would miss the peo­ple he worked with and ‘the ac­tiv­i­ties that go on’, it was now time for a younger per­son to take on his role.

He said be­ing a mem­ber of the force was re­ward­ing and en­cour­aged any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing Vic­to­ria Po­lice to ‘give it a go’.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity and a great or­gan­i­sa­tion to be a part of,” he said.

NEXT CHAP­TER: Horsham’s Alan Pig­nataro, left, marked the end of his ser­vice with Vic­to­ria Po­lice last week af­ter nearly 30 years in the force. He is pic­tured with Wim­mera Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Mar­getts. Pic­ture: LOTTE REITER

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