Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Humour a Key to Police Work; Memories of Childhood Prompt Retiree to Become Dedicated Volunteer in Policing

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Humour a Key to Police Work; Memories of Childhood Prompt Retiree to Become Dedicated Volunteer in Policing

Article excerpt

THE only thing that separated Peter Widt's childhood from the front line of policing was a wooden door.

His police officer father Harold Widt was based at Lowood when Peter was born in 1945, which meant his family home was also the town's police station.

"It meant when no one was at the station you would end up answering the phone or answering the doorbell," Mr Widt said.

It exposed him to some confronting things.

"You never knew what was on the other side of that door."

It also gave insight into the coping mechanisms police had to deal with the difficult situations they encountered.

"I just found the sense of humour between the police themselves was always great," he said.

Now 71, Mr Widt has volunteered more than 750 hours since January last year to maintaining his lifelong connection with policing.

He and his wife Robyn moved to Peregian Springs about five years ago after he retired from a career building and maintaining computer systems. …

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