The NSW Police Force has farewelled Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon (APM), who retires today after 40 years of distinguished service.
On his final morning as Fairfield City Police Area Commander, Det Supt Lennon farewelled his staff and members of the local community.
The morning culminated in a ‘March Out’ of Fairfield Police Station, which included a guard of honour along Smart Street, and a final salute to NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
Det Supt Lennon joined the NSW Police Force in 1979, performing general duties at Central Police Station.
He achieved his designation as detective in early 1985 and transferred into the Homicide Squad later that year and stayed for a decade.
During that time, he was involved in several high-profile murder investigations, including the 1991 Victor Chang murder, the 1987 murder of Sydney underworld figure, Barry McCann; and the 1986 hitmen murder of Megan Kalajzich.
He then spent the next two years investigating drug supply networks and organised crime at the Criminal Investigation Branch.
Between 1999 and 2000, Det Supt Lennon worked within the Olympic Security Command Centre and in 2005, was appointed as Commander of the APEC 2007 Police Security Command.
In addition, Det Supt Lennon has commanded numerous major sporting events and dignitary visits, including the Rugby World Cup, NRL Grand Finals, and World Youth Day.
Det Supt Lennon took command in the Fairfield area in 2010, where he proactively led “Coffee with a Cop”, a community engagement initiative to bring police and the community closer together.
The initiative has since expanded beyond Fairfield City Police Area Command across the entire state.
Det Supt Lennon has received a number of awards in his distinguished career, including the Australian Police Medal (APM) 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 foster and continue building on.