For service to Bendigo

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 01-Apr-2016

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Central Victorian police, including a large contingent of Bendigo officers, were celebrated this week for long service characterised by ethical and diligent conduct. 

At Bendigo’s Capital Theatre, four officers were awarded medals for service of more than 40 years and another six for more than 35 years.

There was only one recipient of a rare Regional Commendation.

Victoria police Western District assistant commissioner Tess Walsh awarded the commendation to 44-year veteran of central Victoria police operations, soon-to-retire Sergeant Richard Zakrzewski.

The humble Sgt Zakrzewski thanked Victoria Police for having him.

His career included stints in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Kaniva and lastly Echuca.

Handing him the medal, Cmr Walsh said Sgt Zakrzewski had worked in front-line policing until the day he entered long service leave leading into retirement.

“After 44 years, he was putting in like the next person,” Cmr Walsh said.

She said his service had been so far above the expectations of the police force, it should be celebrated.

“(Policing) is a great job,” Sgt Zakrzewski responded.

“We help people out and we get paid for it.”

Sixty-six police officers of a full force of 450 working in the western region covering the City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mt Alexander, Campaspe and Central Goldfields shires were awarded medals on Wednesday.

More than a third were from Bendigo’s force.

Senior Sergeant Craig Gaffee said it was important family members could attend the ceremony.

“They can feel a part of the police family,” he said.

Snr Sgt Gaffee received the National Police Service Medal for more than 15 years of service to policing in Australia.

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