Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Old Cop Gets New Beat; Retirement Put on Back Burner for Good Deed

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Old Cop Gets New Beat; Retirement Put on Back Burner for Good Deed

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Byline: Tracey Johnstone

IT WASN'T Andy Henderson's intention to do any more work after 45 years in the Queensland Police Service, but then the former assistant commissioner was headhunted for a contract that needed his empathic character and particular people skills.

Andy, 67, and his wife Lyn, 62, both retired from the police force five years ago after spending two years planning what they wanted to do when they finished working.

Once out of the force, they took up sailing, camping, overseas travel, keeping fit and enjoying an active social life.

Andy also accepted a board position with the Police Credit Union, now Q Bank, and the couple were recruited to Crimestoppers Queensland.

Lyn helped with fundraising activities while Andy went on the board and into the chairman's role.

The police force had been an important part of Andy's life for so long, he was pleased to retain an ongoing casual connection even after retiring.

It was an active and enjoyable retirement, keeping body and mind fit, but just over six months ago the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships needed the right person to work with the Cherbourg Aboriginal Council and residents to identify community issues and their vision.

Andy's time as the Far North's District Assistant Police Commissioner and his experience helping with indigenous community challenges were key to his appointment to the role of senior government co-ordinator for Cherbourg.

The proud Cherbourg community is described by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in its 2016 Census as "the most disadvantaged" local government community.

The town of 1269 people, living a three-hour drive north-west of Brisbane, is fraught with poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, violence and a great deal of sadness.

"The community is going forward and there is a lot of pride, but every now and then some issues come out and that is what I am there for," Andy said. …

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