Former Northern Rivers District Commander Terry Collins is one of three officers marching off in today’s Attestation Ceremony at the NSW Police Force College in Goulburn.

Terrence Walter Collins, APM, has served NSW Police for 36 years.

Terry joined the force in November 1971 as a trainee and his career traversed a broad range of operational and specialist policing areas.

He served in country and metropolitan areas in general duties, fingerprint examination, human resources and industrial relations.

Commissioned as an officer in January 1989, Terry held the positions of District Staff Officer, Personnel, Hunter; Patrol Commander, North Sydney; District Commander, Northern Rivers; District Commander, Cumberland; Acting Commander, North West Region; and Region Commander, Hunter.

From July 2002 to October 2005, Terry held the position of Region Commander, Southern.

Terry was appointed Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations in October 2005, having acted in the role of Deputy Commissioner Field Operations for the previous six months.

He also acted as Commissioner of Police on several occasions.

Terry was awarded the National Medal in 1989; the 1st clasp to the National Medal in 1997; the 2nd clasp to the National Medal in 2007; the Australian Police Medal in 2001; and the 4th clasp to the Police Medal in 2003.

Other awards bestowed upon Terry include: Commissioner’s Commendation and a Commissioner’s Unit Citation in 2003 for his work on Operation Sibret, which dismantled large-scale outlaw motor cycle gangs and drug distribution in the Hunter and northern areas of the State; a Commissioner’s Commendation and a Commissioner’s Unit Citation for his work on Operation Pendennis in 2007, a major counter terrorism investigation; and a Commissioner’s Commendation for service to the NSW Police Force and NSW community.

Deputy Commissioner Collins retired on February 29.

The other long-serving officers marching off today include Reginald Mahoney, who, after undertaking forensic duties as a detective in Sydney and Lismore (where he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant in 1982), was appointed the Program Manager for community-based policing and promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector in 1989.