Former AFP members participated in one of the largest reunions to be hosted by the AFP College in recent times. More than 150 former members attended the function with some of them having travelled from as far away as Darwin, W.A. and New Zealand and were welcomed by Commissioner Colvin who emphasised the importance of the AFP maintaining a relationship with its former members.
An evening of lively conversations recounting cherished memories took place in the College Lounge and Dining Room with minimum of formalities taking place. However, Mick Doroshenko, organiser of the event took time out to present the Commissioner with a tapestry as a memento of the occasion, expertly made by Michele Hawley.
Memories were sparked by a display on the history of the AFP and its forebears set up by the History, Traditions and Museum Team along with a slide show that included images of many of the attending former members during their careers.
Lisa Ride, formerly a sergeant in ACT Policing and now an emerging poet held the group spell bound as she delivered a humorous rhyming recollection of training and policing in the ‘old days’.
The success of this reunion has prompted plans to mark the AFP’s 40th anniversary in October 2019 with an even grander event.
credit: Terry Browne