The non-PC side of the thin blue line
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 ...’’’
A proud day for Tom Taylor when his son Edselt, also a late starter, graduated from police college last year.
Senior constable and keen biker Tom Taylor supporting this year’s White Riders visti to the Rosebank Primary School.