Pignataro marks end of service
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