State and local politicians and community leaders farewell top cop

POLICE Minister Troy Grant paid a visit Gladesville Police Station on last Wednesday to farewell Supt John Duncan.

After serving several years in the Ryde Local Area Command, Supt Duncan will serve with Waverley Police and his contribution to the Ryde LAC was acknowledged by Mr Grant.

“You (Supt Duncan) have done a fantastic job and you should be proud of it,” he said.

“You have been here through seismic changes and the reality of what you have achieved is greatly acknowledged.”

Ryde MP Victor Dominello was at the farewell and endorsed Mr Grant’s acknowledgement.

“We are going to lose a great chief and a community leader and the way you (Supt Duncan) have engaged with the community has been your hallmark and a great credit to you.”

Epping MP Damien Tudehope and Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts were also on hand to pay tribute.

Police Minister Troy Grant shakes the hand of Supt John Duncan who will take up a new job in Waverley, while Ryde MP Victor Dominello and Ryde LAC Police congratulate him during a farewell luncheon at Gladesville Police Station last Wednesday. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO

Community support was recognised by Supt Duncan who also paid tribute to his team of specialist police officers and detectives.

“It has been a team effort and I leave with very good, very competant officers to continue their outstanding work,” he said.

“I also leave very impressed with the connection we have made with the community and with praise for the community leaders who have been very supportive.”

He said the greatest challenge has been the successful amalgamation of the Ryde, Gladesville and Eastwood Police stations in the new Ryde Local Area Command.

Among the Ryde LAC’s success has been an outstanding arrest rate, particularly for drug and alcohol related offences as well as for robberies and violent crime.

There are challenges ahead for a new local police chief, who is to be appointed soon.

“Cyber crime is becoming our biggest crime and criminals are not committing armed robbery as much, but cyber crime and cyber fraud are prolific, especially because we have a massive I.T. user population in Ryde,” Supt Duncan said.

“Working to reduce the road toll is a challenge that impacts on everyone, including our officers who attend accidents, and there has been a high number of pedestrian fatalities here.”

Mayors acknowledge contribution

Hunters Hill Mayor Mark Bennett and City of Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale also acknowledged Supt Duncan’s contribution to their municipalities.

“During his seven years in the role of Commander in Ryde, Superintendent Duncan has worked tirelessly to engage with all facets of our community to build greater trust between the police and all our residents and importantly make the City of Ryde a safer place for us all to enjoy,” Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said.

“He has undertaken a great deal of work in reducing violence in the area, particularly in regards to the prevention of violence against women, and domestic violence in general.

“This includes playing a key role in working with the City of Ryde in the development of domestic violence prevention programs and speaking out against domestic violence at Council’s white ribbon events and international women’s day.”

He said Supt Duncan had also done a great deal of work meeting with community leaders throughout the City of Ryde and been a leading voice in Council’s ‘Racism Stops With Me’ campaign over the years.

“He has certainly left behind a terrific legacy and Ryde’s loss is the Eastern suburbs gain,” he said.