by Evelyn Leckie

WHITTLESEA Police gathered together on Tuesday, 5 February to celebrate Sergeant Daryl Kennedy’s 40 years of service with Victoria Police.

Sgt Kennedy joined Victoria Police on February 5, 1979.

His career took him to Broadmeadows, Northcote, Mill Park and for the past 18 years – the Whittlesea community.

“I can still quite clearly remember my early days in the academy and walking into my first training day at the station – but in other regards it’s all gone past in the blink of an eye – it feels surreal,” Sgt Kennedy said.

Sgt Kennedy has served the Whittlesea community since May 2000.

“I was only meant to stay a few years but 18 years later I’m still here.

“I don’t know if that says more about me or more about the community and the people who work here.

“It’s a great place to work and a great community – the community appreciates the police and the hours we put in – and it’s a pleasure to serve them,” Sgt Kennedy said.

Senior Sergeant Glen Parker presented Sgt Kennedy with a commemoration plaque acknowledging his service.

“I think for me, I see a hardworking man who’s very professional with a lot of integrity, sets high standards for himself and others and certainly one to be relied upon in the workplace,”

Senior Sgt Parker said.Superintendent Timothy Tully also congratulated Sgt Kennedy for his dedication to Victoria Police.

“It’s not an easy job, but to turn up to work every single day for 40 years is a testament to you,” he said.

Colleague Sergeant Jason Gaffee commended Sgt Kennedy for always being one step ahead of the team and always being the voice of reason.

“I learnt how to be a constant, stable person from Sgt Kennedy – because he set an example for me – it’s helped me through my career and he’s always had my back,” Sgt Gaffee said.

Sgt Kennedy was humbled by the gathering and thanked his family and colleagues for their support throughout his career.