Glen Innes Police farewelled its longest-serving officer with a guard of honour and ceremonial bagpipes outside the station last week.
Highway patrol officer Sergeant Adam Ralph clocked on for his first shift on March 22, 1987 and has since overtaken previous long serviceman Ron Hugget who served for 21 years.
Sgt Ralph retired on doctor’s orders and, after officially becoming a “country boy” in October 2010 and living locally longer than he had lived in the city, said he is planning on spending his retirement on the family farm.
Speaking highly of his fellow officers, Sgt Ralph said he will miss the work and the friends he has made in the past 26 years and eight months.
Long-time friend of Sgt Ralph, Garry Huard commended the departing officer as one who “gave his heart and soul to policing, particularly traffic, for the town and the citizens of Glen Innes.”
“I have known Adam for 18 years,” Inspector Huard said.
“He is a committed and dedicated officer … It is a sad day to see someone of that experience leave the police.”
With formalities finalising, Sgt Ralph said he plans to stay in Glen Innes following what he called his rewarding career.