Collie Police Strike Up New Friendship

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Collie OIC S/Sgt Heath Soutar with members of the Woodturners Group and some of their handiwork.

Officers departing from Collie Police Station have been receiving a unique memento to commemorate their service to the Collie community.

A piece of coal emblazoned with a police badge and mounted on a wooden base with a plaque showing their rank, name and dates of tenure has proven to be a popular farewell gift.

Collie Officer In Charge Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar said a gifted member of the Collie Heritage Railway Group had been producing the items for presentation to departing staff members. “Unfortunately, this person was unable to continue making the keepsakes due to other commitments, and since I have no handyman skills whatsoever, an alternative arrangement needed to be found,” he said.

A call to the Collie Woodturners Group provided the answer, after members offered their skills to recognise staff at the police station.

“The results have been fantastic with a number of items being produced and given to staff that have already departed and others now allocated to staff about to leave,” S/Sgt Soutar said. Collie Woodturners Group President Joe Blundy said they’re excited about the relationship with Collie Police Station. “To see the efforts of police officers recognised after their service to the town is important,” he said.

S/Sgt Soutar said a lot of business areas mark completion of tenure, but he has been keen to make this milestone more memorable. “While I was at Laverton,officers received something made from quartz, but in Collie it needed to be coal,” he said. “I hope the tradition continues into the future. It’s also another great reminder about how important it is for police to strike up relationships with our community groups in Regional WA.”