Bush Cop makes Bourke home

February 25, 2020

Acting Inspector Robert Taylor in Bourke last week Photo TWH

 

Acting Inspector of the Central North Police District Robert Taylor is proud to call himself a ‘bush cop’.  Inspector Taylor has spent his entire career as a police officer and admits it must be in the family genes.

“My three uncles and my grandfather were all members of the Queensland Police Force,” he said.

“When I finished school and decided I would also join the force I don’t think my mother was very happy about it, but I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

Although he grew up on the coast around Tweed Heads, it was during his first posting to the bush, after a couple of years policing in Sydney, that he found his calling.

“After my first stints at Marrickville and Maroubra I was posted to Walgett and Lightning Ridge and that’s when I got my first taste of the bush,” he said. 

“I was posted back to the coast as lock up keeper at Bowraville near Coffs Harbour, but I knew I wanted to go back out west.”

In 2003, Acting Inspector Taylor was promoted to Sergeant and posted to Bourke – coincidentally at the same time as Bourke’s now Superintendent Andrew Hurst was based here as a Sergeant and when the former Superintendent Greg Moore was also here as a Detective Sergeant. 

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