Roderick Lance POWER
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NSW Redfern Police Academy Class # 81A
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 9477
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed Monday 2 November 1959
Constable 1st Class – appointed2 November 1965
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 20 March 1975
Senior Sergeant – appointed 8 December 1984 ( Hornsby )
Final Rank = Senior Sergeant
Stations: ?, Goulburn ( 1968 ), Crookwell, Hornsby ( 1976 ), Gosford ( 30 Division – mid 1980’s ), Exhibits Officer – Gosford,
Service: From ? ? pre Nov 1965? to ? ? ? = ? years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 15 September 1980 ( Sgt 3/c )
1st Clasp to National medal – granted 10 September 1986 ( Sgt 1/c )
Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS – granted 8 July 1992 ( SenCon? )
Born: 14 December 1937
Died on: Friday 15 February 2019
Cause: Cancer – Prostate
Event location: North Gosford Private Hospital
Event date: Friday 15 February 2019
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Nicosia: With its flag lowered one final time, Australia has ended 53 years of helping to keep the peace on ethnically divided Cyprus by pulling out its last three police officers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force.
Some 1600 Australian police officers have served in Cyprus since 1964 following the outbreak of violence between the island’s Greek and Turkish communities.
Three Australians were killed in the line of duty in what was their country’s first policing contribution to a peacekeeping mission.
A flag-lowering ceremony at the Cypriot capital’s defunct airport, which serves as the UN force’s headquarters, brought together many officers who served in Cyprus over the decades, including one who was in the first 40-strong contingent, 79-year-old Ian Hardy.
“Cyprus has been a rite of passage for Australian police,” retired police superintendent Phil Spence said, adding that all officers who went on to lead other peacekeeping missions elsewhere in the world were veterans of Cyprus.
Australia’s federal police commissioner, Andrew Colvin, said that what served Australians well over decades of service was a “steely determination” and a practicality underneath Australians’ famed laid-back style.
It was the excellent rapport with ordinary Cypriots that saw Australian police through the toughest times, said Allan Mitchell, 70, who served on Cyprus during the northern summer of 1974, when Turkey invaded and split the island along ethnic lines following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
Australia was also the first peacekeeping contributor to deploy a female officer to Cyprus, in 1988. Its last contingent commander is also a woman – Inspector Bronwyn Carter.
Colvin said Australia is willing to share its federal policing experience if talks now underway succeed in reunifying Cyprus as a federation.
A 2015 rethink of Australia’s overseas peacekeeping commitments called for the redeployment of personnel on missions closer to home and to help combat the threat of terrorism.
Some 69 police officers from countries including Ireland, India and Italy augment 835 troops wearing the UN’s blue beret in Cyprus.