AFTER a 40-year career as a police officer, much of that patrolling roads in the North East, Sen-Sgt Bill Gore, will retire next month.
However, he leaves offering some firm opinions about changes within the force he believes are to the detriment of police maintaining their “listening watch” on the region’s roads and reducing fatalities and injuries.
Sen-Sgt Gore says an increased focus on statistics and paperwork means it is harder for highway patrol officers to get out from behind their desks and pull over those drivers doing the wrong thing.
But North East police boss Superintendent Paul O’Halloran has defended the introduction of new systems he says are vital to bring police practice into the 21st century.
Better intelligence and data collection will enhance local knowledge in tackling crime, he says.
Sen-Sgt Gore says he hasn’t lost the argument, rather it’s time to leave the force because he can do no more in spite of his long experience and expertise.
It is the devotion to road policing shown by officers such as Sen-Sgt Gore that has been such an important factor in reducing the state’s road toll and in building strategies to ensure the reduction is ongoing.