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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Historic honour for retired NSW Police officer

Twenty-five NSW Police officers have been presented with long service awards at a ceremony at the Sydney Police Centre today.

One of those officers honoured was 79-year-old Retired Senior Sergeant John Thompson, who was presented with several awards including the 10th clasp for the NSW Police Medal – in recognition of 61-years of dedicated service.

“Not only does John hold the distinction of being the longest serving officer in the history of the NSWPF but this is the only time that the 10th clasp has been presented. In fact, it was specifically designed for John,” NSW Police said in a statement.

John came from a police family and at 17 joined the NSWPF as a cadet in 1962.

During his career he served in the Sydney metropolitan area and says one of the highlights of his career was working with his own father at 21 Division during the 1970’s.

Hanging up his handcuffs in 2023, John finished his service at the State Planning Unit.

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