Ex-policeman handed top honour
A FORMER Rockhampton policeman has received the Queensland Police Service Medal on his 100th birthday.
Bill Powell, who joined the police in 1935 and retired in 1969, is the first retired officer to be awarded the service’s top honour.
Bill, who lived in Rockhampton for many years and recently moved to Emerald to be closer to his daughter, came back to Rocky for a ceremony at the Cambridge Hotel where former colleagues gathered to pay their tributes.
Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Central Region, Steve Gollschewski, presented the medal.
There were 77 serving and retired officers at the ceremony.
“It was an historic occasion because Bill is the first retired officer to be presented with the medal,” said Dennis Smith, vice-president of the Rockhampton branch of the Queensland Retired Police Association.
“Bill is fairly frail and walks with the aid of a frame, but he is otherwise bearing up very well.
“He’s definitely the oldest member of the association and the oldest retired officer in the state.”
Bill was sworn in on April 23, 1935, and retired as an Inspector and District Officer for Bundaberg, on his 60th birthday in November 1969.
He was stationed in Rockhampton in 1936 and 1937 and also served in Barcaldine.
“As was normal in his time, he spent most of his time travelling from posting to posting throughout the state,” said Dennis.
“At one time he had to work for quite a long time without uniform because he had lost everything in a flood that washed the police house away.”
The medal is now available to all former and retired officers with at least 10 years diligent service.