POLICE | Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon honoured with march-out

NSW Police Commissioner MichaelFuller and police officers from across the state joined the community to honour DetectiveSuperintendentPeterLennon who's retired from the NSW Police after 40 years of esteemed service.

The Fairfield Police Area Commander was honoured with a public march-out on city streets at the end of last month, on July 26.

On his final morning as area commander, Det Supt Lennon farewelled his staff and the community and the morning culminated in a march-out from Fairfield police station, including a guard of honour along Smart Street and a final salute to Commissioner Mick Fuller.

Det Supt Lennon joined NSW Police in 1979, performing general duties at Central police station.

He achieved his designation as detective early in 1985 and transferred into the Homicide Squad later that year, where he stayed for a decade.

During that time, he was involved in several high-profile murder investigations, including the 1991 VictorChang murder, the 1987 murder of Sydney underworld figure BarryMcCann and the 1986 hitmen murder of MeganKalajzich.

He spent the next two years investigating drug-supply networks and organised crime at the Criminal Investigation Branch.

Between 1999 and 2000, he worked within the Olympic Security Command Centre and in 2005 was appointed Commander of the APEC 2007 police security command.

Det Supt Lennon has also commanded at many major sporting events and dignitary visits, including the Rugby World Cup, NRL Grand Finals and World Youth Day.

He took command at Fairfield in 2010, where he proactively led Coffee with a Cop, the community-engagement initiative to bring together police and the community. It's since expanded beyond Fairfield to across the entire state.

In a recent interview with Chris Boulous for this paper, he said: "Making sure people know we're here to help has been a priority because with some of the backgrounds people here come from, the police don't necessarily help them that much, and may be a hindrance.

"We're so diverse here with 130 different languages and we have to balance what's going on around the world and how it's going affect the community.

"It's about letting the people here know we're here to make their homes safe and secure."

Det Supt Lennon has received many awards in his distinguished career, including the Australian Police Medal in 2007.

Further, he leaves a lasting legacy, where his passion for policing and community engagement have set a platform for current and future police to build on.