Two Wyong police retire after long service

Sgt Graeme Newman (left) with Supt Chad Gillies

Two police sergeants, with a combined 69 years of service, were farewelled with honour from Wyong Police Station on Friday, June 3.

Sergeant Graeme Newman had spent 38 years in the NSW Police Force and Sergeant Steve Towner, 31 years.

Family, colleagues and friends gathered to celebrate the retirement of the two sergeants at a morning tea, before police from Tuggerah Lakes District formed a guard of honour for the two policemen as they left the building to the sound of bagpipes.

Sergeant Newman began his career in 1984 at Hornsby Police Station, with Sergeant Towner beginning his career in 1991 at The Entrance Police Station.

“Today we say goodbye to over 70 years’ collective police service in the careers of Detective Sergeant Steve Towner and Detective Sergeant Graeme Newman,” he said.

Commander, Tuggerah Lakes Police District, Superintendent Chad Gillies said it was a privilege to be part of the celebrations of two wonderful police careers.

Sgt Steve Towner (left) with Supt Chad Gillies

“As the Commander, I was honoured to be able to speak on behalf of the current and former colleagues of Steve and Graeme.

“It was so important that Steve and Graeme’s families; who have themselves been instrumental in these long police careers, were afforded the opportunity to see Steve and Graeme sent off in style.

“It was a great day and I wish them well for a long and healthy retirement.

“Thank you Sergeants Newman and Towner for your service, enjoy your well-earned retirement,” the Supt Gillies said.


Tuggerah Lakes Police