Assistant Commissioner Retires After 37 Years in Service

Assistant Commissioner Maurice Carless has completed his final operational shift, partnered with his son Plain Clothes Senior Constable Nicholas Carless.

Throughout the shift, the father and son pair patrolled the streets of Woodridge, the same streets Assistant Commissioner Carless patrolled when first joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

Assistant Commissioner Carless reminiscent ahead of his final operational shift where his career first began.

“I really looked forward to this day and completing this last shift with my son, Nick,” Mr Carless said.

“For me, it gave an opportunity to get back to the core of policing, which is first response and responding to community needs.”

Assistant Commissioner Carless is retiring after 37 years of service in the QPS.

In his time, Assistant Commissioner Carless has worked throughout a variety of departments and areas, gaining invaluable life experiences, making friendships, and serving his community.

“I’ve had too many highlights throughout my career to name them all,” Mr Carless said.

“In my time, I’ve been given the opportunity to not only travel the state but also represent the QPS internationally.

“Most importantly, I’ve made countless valuable friendships within the QPS and in the communities I’ve worked which I’m extremely grateful for.”

Watching his father progress throughout his career inspired his son, Plain Clothes Senior Constable Nicholas Carless, to pursue a career in policing.

“I’m extremely proud of what my dad has achieved throughout his career,” Senior Constable Carless said.

“Seeing what Dad has been able to do has really inspired me to continue to develop my specialised policing skills.

“I hope that I’m able to continue to learn and grow throughout my career, just like Dad continued to do throughout his career.”

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