Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Green Light to Retire

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Green Light to Retire

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Byline: Madura McCormack

SERGEANT Gerry Doyle's decorated career with the Queensland Police Service may have gone by in a flash, but it has always been within the speed limit.

Sgt Doyle will officially park his motorcycle and hang up his cap on June 27, after 41.5 years of service, nearly all of that within the Mackay Police District.

He began his policing career at the age of 15 as a cadet, on January 17, 1977, in the times of manual typewriters, carbon paper and no air-conditioning in police stations or cars.

"Mackay back then was a large country town, going to the Northern Beaches was like going for a country drive," he said.

"I've seen a lot of changes, road improvements... but over all that time you still get the same driving behaviour, some of the silly, stupid, dangerous driving behaviour back then you still see today.

"In all fairness, it's only ever a minority group that are driving badly, a majority of people endeavour to do the right thing."

Sgt Doyle once pulled over a young man driving a sedan with no front seat.

"He was sitting on a pillow on the floor with no front seat, but it wasn't until I pulled him over to speak to him about an unrelated traffic matter that I realised," he said.

"In my mind I thought it was amusing, but I didn't tell him that because it wasn't obviously, it is a massive safety issue should something happen.

"That was just one of the silly things you see, and there have been plenty of them."

He spent seven months policing in Brisbane before he was sent to Mackay, where he cut his teeth as a general duties officer. After eight years, Sgt Doyle became a detective in the 'Juvenile Aid Bureau' now known as the Child Protection Investigation Unit. Five years later he moved to the Road Policing Unit, and has stayed there for the past 25 years. …

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