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Police veteran returns to service

AFTER spending just a week in retirement an Atherton sergeant has decided to return to the service and has been sworn in as a Special Constable following a ceremony in Atherton this week.

On Monday, retired and current officers, community members and members of Special Constable Greg Lee’s family and his friends attended the official swearing-in by Acting Assistant Commissioner Sonia Smith.

The Queensland Police Service introduced the ‘Special Constable’ to boost support to the frontline and is endeavouring to bring back former officers to strengthen policing capability.

Special Constables hold the same powers as permanently employed officers and undergo additional training to ensure they can perform the same duties and responsibilities.

Special Constable Lee retired from the Queensland Police Service last Thursday, 4 January after a 21-year career.

Since joining the service in 2003, Special Constable Lee received numerous awards during his time at the academy before he was posted to Mareeba at the end of training.

Since then, he’s performed uniform first response duties in Mareeba and Atherton and plain clothes duties in the Child Protection Investigation Unit and Criminal Investigation Branch – he was promoted to Shift Supervising Sergeant at Atherton Station in July 2012.

Special Constable Lee said he knows the benefits of working closely with his community and wants to continue to do so.

“Most local police officers live in the same town we work in, and it is important that we are involved in our community,” he said.

“One of the reasons for organising our popular charity events, such as the Atherton Police Golf Cops & Robbers Charity Golf Day and Inter-Agency Touch Football days, is to promote positive interaction between members of our local community and our local police.”

Over the years, he has helped raise funds for charities like Make a Wish Foundation, Police Legacy, and other local community groups.

Special Constable Lee will participate in casual shifts within the Tablelands and be on call to local officers during high demand.

When asked if he had itchy feet and wanted to move on, Special Constable Greg said he loves country policing and recommends the Tablelands as a great place to live and work.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Youth assaults officers in watch house and Financial assistance offered for rates.

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