Kenneth Stanley ASTILL 3 – NSWPF – Died 28 June 2016

Manley Daily Thursday 18 February 2016 P 8 Gratitude displayed to officers MEDALS FOR RETIRED POLICE MORE than 20 retired police officers were awarded the National Police Service Medal at the War Vets Village at Collaroy Plateau on Wednesday, including one officer – Ken Astill – who retired 30 years ago. Retired police officers Bill McIntosh, Ken Astill and Ross Nixon were awarded the National Police Service Medal at the War Vets Village at Collaroy Plateau. Former officer Bill Bush, who retired in 1998, said the Retired Police Association had lobbied the State Government for some time for a medal to be awarded to officers who had served the community well. “We eventually convinced the Government that retired cops who served with distinction should be awarded these medals for their contribution to society,” Mr Bush said. The National Police Service Medal is a special service award within the Australian honours system to provide “recognition for the unique contribution and significant commitment of those persons who have given ethical and diligent service as a sworn member of an Australian police service”. Northern Beaches local area commander Superintendent Dave Darcy presented the medals. Mr Bush said this was the first occasion the medals had been awarded to retired officers on the northern beaches but expects further award ceremonies in the future due to the number of retired police officers living in the area.

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