Sergeant Martin Bent has dedicated 30 years of his life to keeping Macarthur safe but now he is hanging up his badge for good.
The Camden resident joined the police academy on May 18, 1987.
Sergeant Bent said he loved being a part of the force but he knew now was the time to retire.
“The job has taken it’s toll in a lot of ways and I don’t want to burn out or get injured – I want to be able to fully enjoy the rest of my life,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to pursuing my interests – doing a bit of gardening, travelling and fishing.”
After graduating, Sergeant Bent started his career at Campbelltown Local Area Command.
Three years later, he made the move to Green Valley where he was trained as a rescue operator.
“As part of the training I got to abseil the Sydney Harbour Bridge – and that was before Bridge Climb,” he said.
“We were called out to rescue jobs across Sydney and then we would go back to our general duties work afterwards.”
After the state government handed rescue operations over to the fire department, Sergeant Bent then made the move back to his home town where he continued to work as a general duties officer.
The 55-year-old also spent time working at Picton police station.
“General duties is frontline police work,” he said.
“No matter what happens general duties officers are nearly always the first on the scene.
“It’s a high pressure job – you have to think on your feet. I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Sergeant Bent said he had had an eventful career.
“I was involved in the search for evidence during the Ivan Milat trials and I was also involved in the investigating and charging of Milat’s nephew, Matthew Milat after the murder of David Auchterlonie,” he said.
“I also got to work at the athlete’s village during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.”
While his career had many highlights, Sergeant Bent said the job was also tough.
“I think the best part of the job is the wonderful people I have met along the way – it’s like a big family,” he said.
“The challenges are when you’re dealing with certain characters or when we come across emotional jobs.
“Sometimes you are helping families who have just lost loved ones and dealing with one of the worst times in their lives.”
Sergeant Bent also wanted to thank his colleagues, family and his wife Kay for their support throughout the past 30 years.
“Policing is a wonderful job, and an important one,” he said.
“I have given a lot to the community and now I think it is time to let others take over.”