The non-PC side of the thin blue line

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE -

East (now Malaysia).

Orig­i­nally from Scot­land, the fam­ily came to live in Bal­clutha in 1968 when Tay­lor se­nior got a job as the court reg­is­trar - when the town still had a court house - for the Min­istry of Jus­tice.

Tay­lor ju­nior thought he would fol­low a jus­tice path too, and en­rolled in the 19-month police cadet course at Tren­tham. He left af­ter a year

‘‘I wasn’t happy. Things just went wrong. I had to have a her­nia op­er­a­tion and I was young and fickle.’’

He re­turned home to Bal­clutha and got a job at the meat works at Fine­gand, and was there for 21 years, where Fer­gu­son also worked along­side him as a meat grader.

He had a few other jobs in be­tween the works and the police. He was a wind­ing me­chanic at the for­mer Al­liance Tex­tiles woollen mill at Mos­giel.

Fi­nally, Dickie talked him into giv­ing the police an­other go in a re­cruit­ment drive.

‘‘It was on the con­di­tion that when I came back (from train­ing) I’d come back to Bal­clutha,’’ Tay­lor said.

Tech­nol­ogy has prob­a­bly been the big­gest change Tay­lor had seen in his ca­reer, with most things done on the mo­bile phone or tablet, but iron­i­cally, pros­e­cu­tion pa­per work had be­come more com­pli­cated to com­plete, he said.

Tay­lor thinks be­ing a for­mer po­lice­man will be very hard to shake, but does not re­ally mind.

‘‘I can see that peo­ple are still go­ing to ring me up or see me and say ‘I know you aren’t a po­lice­man any more, but maybe you could help me with this ...’’’

MARY-JO TOHILL/STUFF

A proud day for Tom Tay­lor when his son Ed­selt, also a late starter, grad­u­ated from police col­lege last year.

MARY-JO TOHILL/STUFF

Se­nior con­sta­ble and keen biker Tom Tay­lor sup­port­ing this year’s White Rid­ers visti to the Rose­bank Pri­mary School.

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