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Ronald Norman STEER


Ronald Norman STEER    APM

Late of Dubbo

NSW Police Cadet # 1957

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  12067[/alert_yellow]

Rank: NSW Police Cadet – commenced Monday 17 August 1964

Probationary Constable – appointed 27 June 1966

Constable – appointed 27 June 1967

Sergeant – appointed 6 May 1982

Senior Sergeant – Patrol Commander ( Inspector ) – Muswellbrook

Chief Inspector

Final Rank = Chief Inspector

Stations:  Sydney area, South District, Harden – Manager PCYC, Broken Hill ( 2 years ), Ivanhoe ( early 1970’s ) – 4 years, Wilcannia – 5 years ( SenCon ), Moree – LockUp Keeper ( Sgt ), Lake Cargelligo – OIC – 5 years ( Sgt 2/C ),  Wilcannia – O.I.C. – 5 years, Muswellbrook – Hunter Region ( Inspector ), Walgett – O.I.C. – ( C/Insp ), Dubbo 1997 – 2002 ( C/Insp ) – Retirement

ServiceFrom  17 August 1964 to 30 July 2002 = 38 years Service

Awards:   National Medal – granted 15 November 1982

Australian Police Medal ( A.P.M. ) – granted 12 June 1989

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 28 May 1992

2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted 19 December 2001

Born:   27 June 1947

Died on:   Friday  28 September 2018

Age:  71

Cause:   ?

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:   Friday  19 October 2018 @ noon

Funeral locationSt Andrews Chapel, 72 Wingewarra Street, DUBBO

Wake location:  Western Star Hotel, Erskine St, Dubbo

Funeral Parlour:  W. Larcombe & Son, Dubbo Funeral Home  6882 3199

Buried at:   Cremated

 Memorial located at:   ?


Ron Steer is still heavily involved with the justice system. Photo: AMY McINTYRE
Ron Steer is still heavily involved with the justice system. Photo: AMY McINTYRE


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 Funeral location





May they forever Rest In Peace


Better known as “Ron”
Retired Police Officer
Late of Dubbo
Passed away on 28th September 2018 Aged 71 years
Dearly loved husband of Fay.
Loving father & father-in-law of Chris & Joh, Shane & Donna and Jodie & Geremy.
Cherished “Pop” of Brittany, Jacob, Courtney, Christian, Tyler and Darcie.
Relatives and friends are warmly invited to attend Ron’s funeral service to be held at St Andrew’s Chapel, Wingewarra Street, Dubbo on Friday 19th October 2018 commencing at 12 noon followed by a private cremation.
All retired & current Police Personnel are cordially invited to attend.
In lieu of floral tributes donations to the Cancer Council would be appreciated and may be left with the funeral director at the service.
Funeral arrangements are in the caring hands of W. Larcombe & Son Dubbo’s Premier Funeral Home FDA Approved
(02) 6882 3199

Published in Narromine News on Oct. 12, 2018

Kevin Wayne Oh bugger.
RIP Mr STEER. I worked your last shift with you on the truck, at Dubbo. I remember you said it was most fitting you did your first shift on a truck. You were going out doing the same. What a great man.

Satisfying retirement with helping troubled youth

AFTER Ron Steer retired from more than 40 years involvement with the police force he did not expect continued involvement with law enforcement and the justice system.

But a decade on after his retirement he is finding satisfaction and fulfilment as a mentor and being part of the youth conferencing process.

Mr Steer grew up in Sydney and at the age of 16 decided to follow the example of a cousin and choose the police force as a career. He joined the force as a cadet and for three years worked alongside trained officers as “a bit of a roustabout”.

“It was on the job training, working in traffic and around the office and picking up the mundane jobs,” he said.

Aged 19 and then a fully-fledged policeman he “went bush” to Harden as the manager of the Police Citizens Youth Club.

“It was a vibrant railway town back then,” he said.

“We had a lot good young kids involved with football and boxing.”

His next posting in the force was a transfer to Broken Hill for a two-year stint and a step up the promotion ladder.

He admitted it was a case of extremes moving from Harden to a strong industrial town in the far west of the state.

His next posting was to Ivanhoe for a four-year stint.

“It was a good town then,” he said.

He then took a posting at Wilcannia as a senior constable, the first of two five-year stints in the town.

After his first posting at Wilcannia, he and his family moved to Moree where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was the “lock-up keeper”.

Another promotion to second class sergeant and a move to Lake Cargelligo followed where he was officer-in-charge for a five-year spell.

A phone call from the then police commissioner put Mr Steer on the path of his greatest policing challenge.

“There was a death in custody in Wilcannia and the commissioner asked me to go back as the officer-in-charge,” Mr Steer said.

“It was the greatest challenge of my career,” he said.

Mr Steer said all of the staff at the Wilcannia station were replaced and his team was made up of young officers in their early 20s without much experience.

“We started from scratch,” he said.

“The advantage for me was I’d been there before but we had to get back to community-based policing.

“Talking to people face-to-face, foot patrols getting involved with the youth and the football club.

“It was daunting for the young police who were aged between 19 and 21 years who hadn’t been around for long.

“It was a different world in Wilcannia.”

After a five-year posting at Wilcannia, Mr Steer was commissioned as an inspector and took a posting in the Upper Hunter at Muswellbrook.

He admitted he found life across the eastern side of the Great Divide less to his liking and before long he and the family moved west when he was promoted to chief inspector and the officer in charge at Walgett. His daughter still lives in Walgett working in child care.

After Walgett he was posted to Dubbo where he worked until retiring after 38 years as a commissioned officer in the NSW police Force.

His efforts during his second posting in Wilcannia earned him an Australian Police Service Medal.

He said in the decade since retirement he was almost “back full time” working in the youth justice system, mentoring and working one-on-one with young people in strife with the law.

“I do a lot of one-on-one mentoring with kids in the Staysafe system,” he said.

“It’s hard for kids today to come to terms with the real world.

“I enjoy working with them.”

Mr Steer said retirement for him was not about just sitting around all day.

“That’s a disaster and you can’t be forever packing a suitcase and moving around. ”

He said it was about finding a balance, and working with young people in trouble was proving fulfilling and rewarding.


Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 19 November 1993 (No.127), page 6834


Commissioned Officer Appointments

HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has approved of the undermentioned Commissioned Officer appointments, effective from the date indicated:

Commander, Region Investigative Unit, Police Internal Affairs Branch, Region North — Chief Inspector: Inspector PAUL ROBERT WHITMORE, date of entry on duty.

Patrol Commander, Walgett — Chief Inspector: Inspector RONALD NORMAN STEER, date of entry on duty.

District Staff Officer, Personnel, Central Coast — Inspector: Senior Sergeant PATRICK JAMES KEYS, date of entry on duty.


Minister for Police and Emergency Services.


Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 1 May 1992 (No.55), page 3028


Commissioned Officer Appointments

HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has approved of the undermentioned Commissioned Officer appointments, effective from the dates indicated:

Patrol Commander, Petersham — Inspector – Senior Sergeant BRUCE ERIC BELL, date of entry on duty.

Patrol Commander, MuswellbrookInspectorSenior Sergeant RONALD NORMAN STEER, date of entry on duty.


Minister for Police and Emergency Services.



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