The story was about a Marine, who had served his country, and was shot in his own house. In my case, I have always treated Police Officers with Respect, and received the same from them. As soon as you identify yourself as a Commissioned Officer, I find they are very polite and helpful. We have a number of Police Superintendents and Inspectors who are members of our Officers' Mess.
This one is about a police officer
THE CRIME manager of the New England Local Area Command is the recipient of one of 29 Australian Police Medals awarded in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Detective Inspector Greig Stier, who joined the police force in 1985 and became a detective in 1993, was intensively involved in the manhunt for Malcolm Naden that took place near Gloucester between November and April.
“I was one of the last to walk off the strike force down there,” he said, adding that the case had been unique because of the topography of the area and the extreme danger the fugitive posed to the community and to the police deployed to find him.
However, he was not sure whether this case contributed towards his nomination for the medal, due to the long lead time for the awards.
His citation states that he was promoted to his current rank of crime manager at Cootamundra in 2003 and since 2005 “has continued to serve the community of New South Wales with distinction as the crime manager of the New England Local Area Command”.
High-profile cases in his career that, he says, will live long in his memory include the bashing rape of 92-year-old Rita Knight in Wee Waa in January 1999, solved in April 2000 after the first mass DNA testing of a township, and another case involving the abduction at gunpoint and vicious rape of a 14-year-old girl by four men in November 1996.
“You look back and you have strong associations with people that you’ve met during the most tragic of times,” he said. “A lot of them are victims of crimes, including families of murder victims.”
He regularly reminds the 70 or so staff reporting to him that policing is “a contact sport” involving many tragic events, but it can be the most rewarding of careers.
“Those kind of events, no matter how tough you are, will never leave you. But I’ve had the opportunity to work with great people in the police, including commanders whose traits you try to mould into your own leadership style and your own ethics,” he said.