Of­fi­cers look to fu­ture

Tweed Daily News - - POLICE AND COURT - Rick Koenig rick.koenig@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

A TIME cap­sule at the Tweed Heads Po­lice Sta­tion will give fu­ture of­fi­cers a glimpse of what the job was like in the past.

Tweed By­ron Po­lice Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling said he had the idea to fill a time cap­sule af­ter notic­ing the ex­treme changes polic­ing had un­der­gone over the past 50 years.

“There have been so many changes in how we do busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy – we now have ba­tons, we have tasers, we now have glocks rather than the old six-shot re­volvers,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing we do is so much more pro­fes­sional to­day than it was 50 years ago.”

Supt Star­ling said the cap­sule, which will be opened in 50 years’ time, was filled with a range of items in­clud­ing a let­ter to the fu­ture com­man­der, ros­ters, a uni­form, pho­tos, radar equip­ment and even a lock of Sergeant Jack Keough’s hair.

Supt Star­ling said it would be fas­ci­nat­ing to know what fu­ture of­fi­cers would think of the time cap­sule and its con­tents.

“I hope they see the hu­mour of the hair be­ing in the cap­sule and it would be fas­ci­nat­ing to know what they see in 50 years time, whether things such as leg­is­la­tion has changed and if the cross-bor­der is­sues are the same,” he said.

The time cap­sule is set to be opened in 2068.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

PRE­SERV­ING THE NOW: Tweed By­ron Po­lice Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling and Tweed MP Ge­off Provest with the time cap­sule which will be opened at the Tweed Heads Po­lice Sta­tion in 2068.

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