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Edward James COHEN


Edward James COHEN – OAM

aka  Ted

late of Hawks Nest

New South Wales Police Force

Joined NSW Police Force via NSW Police Cadet system on 3 March 1952

Cadet # 987

Regd. # 7535

Rank:  NSW Police Cadet – commenced 3 March 1952

Probationary Constable – appointed 26 March 1953

Senior Constable – appointed 26 March 1964

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 2 September 1968

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed 26 October 1976

Inspector 3rd Class – appointed 31 March 1984

Final Rank:  Inspector – retired

Stations:  Cadet:  Regent St ( 2 Division ), M.O. Unit.

Police:  Regent St ( 2 Division ), Vice Squad, Burwood ( 9 Division ), Ashfield ( 11 Division ),  School Lecturing Section ( 1954 – 17 years ), Granville GD’s – 18 Division ( Sgt ), Merrylands ( 26 Division ), Cabramatta – 34 Division ( Sgt 2/C ), Campbelltown – 35 Division ( ten months ), Bowral – OIC ( 2 years & Sgt 1/C ), Mudgee ( Sgt 1/C ) in the late 1970’s for 4 years.  Petersham ( 11 Division ) 1984, Campsie, Balmain, Ashfield – Retirement

ServiceFrom  3 March 1952  to  ? pre 28 May 1990 = 38+ years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 28 May 1990

Medal of the Order of Australia – granted 10 June 2002

Born:  26 March 1934

Died on:  Saturday  24 April 2015

Cause:  Cancer – Prostate

Age:  81

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EDWARD is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


Medal (OAM) in the division

June 10 2002


Edward James COHEN, Hawks Nest, NSW For service to the community, particularly through the job placement program of the Salvation Army.


Ted joined the Cadets on 3 March 1952 and served at Regent Street and the MO Section. He was called to National Service training at Ingleburn during that year and was sworn in as a Probationary Constable on 26 March 1953.

His early service saw him at Regent Street, the Vice Squad, Burwood and Ashfield. In 1954 the School Lecturing Section occupied his energies where he remained for the next 17 years. By this time he had reached the rank of Sergeant and was transferred back to general duties at Granville and Merrylands. Cabramatta was his next port of call where 12 police officers attempted to keep law and order for 48,000 people. Whilst at Cabramatta, he was promoted to Sergeant 2nd Class and transferred to Campbelltown where he remained for ten months.

He was successful in securing a posting to Bowral as Officer in Charge, and after 2 years was promoted to Sergeant 1st Class. Mudgee was next in line where he saw service for another four years and held office in 14 community organisations and was President of Rotary International.

In 1984 Ted returned to Sydney pending promotion to Inspector where he saw service at Petersham, Campsie, Balmain and Ashfield, retiring from Ashfield aged 55.

Retirement did not suit Ted, and for 2 years he occupied himself by assisting ailing business companies as a management consultant. After that time, he retired again. But it was not long before he was back at work. This time with the Salvation Army, not as a box-shaker as his brother thought, but as a human resources consultant, getting people over 40 back into work through the Mature Workers’ Program. This was the zenith of his working career as he was the most successful consultant in the country, securing over 3,500 placements. Such was his success that when he retired in 2000, all tiers of government recognised his achievements.

Federal and State Governments recorded his achievements in Hansard, and Local Government gave a civic reception to mark his retirement. Other recognitions were: the Pride of Workmanship Award by Rotary International; Certificate of Appreciation by the Salvation Army (only one other non-Salvationist has received the award); the Older Person of the Year Award, presented by the Commonwealth Government. In 2002, Ted was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Community. This included being a Scoutmaster, President of the Parents and Citizens Associations at various schools, working for the Royal Childrens’ Far West Scheme as well as his career achievements.

Ted has always recognised the advantages of knowledge and spent 22 years studying part-time at various universities and has numerous tertiary qualifications. During his police service, he encouraged others to seek greater knowledge and aspire to achieve. He supervised Ken Moroney, Christine Nixon, Jacqueline Milledge and many others who have made their mark in the community.



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