New chapter calls for veteran cop
COFFS Harbour Senior Constable Alan Millward is hanging up his cap after serving the police force for more than three decades.
Born on the Coffs Coast, Snr Const Millward spent his early years on the family's banana plantation but in his late teens decided to pursue a career in the force.
"I joined in '82 and brother joined in '84 and we've both been in the police force since then," Mr Millward said.
After initial postings in Chatswood, Tingha and Yamba, Snr Const Millward transferred to Coffs Harbour Police Station in 1999.
Over the years, Snr Const Millward has earned the reputation as one of the most respected members of the station, as well as receiving medals of recognition and letters of gratitude from the public.
He said forging friendships and witnessing the advancements of policing were the highlights of his career.
"In my time the core role of policing hasn't changed but the way in which things are done have definitely advanced," he said.
"As technology improved it's definitely made it a lot easier than the early days.
"Even when things have changed in the station you always have those friendships with other police and it's that which I'll miss more than anything else."
As a general duties officer for 32 years, Snr Const Millward said the face-to-face nature of the job provided the strongest memories.
"What I really have enjoyed is the sense of community in regional areas - you become really involved and a part of the town you're working in," he said.
Snr Const Millward plans to remain in Coffs Harbour, living on the family farm where he grew up.
"I've enjoyed the last 33 years, learnt a lot out of it and put a lot back in the community," he said.
"I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family and start touring."