In 1969, three young women named Linda Akermanis, Geraldine Gehlig and Margaret Presgrave embarked on South Australia Police careers that have now spanned a remarkable 50 years.
The trio, who are all currently-serving Administrative Services Officers, were yesterday honoured for 50 years’ loyal and dedicated service to South Australia Police, and presented with Recognition of Service certificates by Assistant Commissioner Linda Fellows.
Collectively, Linda, Geraldine and Margaret have contributed more than 150 years of diligent service to SA Police, and have experienced firsthand the revolutionary changes brought about by new technologies.
Joining SA Police on 6 January 1969, Linda Akermanis began her career in Angas St, Adelaide, as a Woman Police Auxiliary, before joining as a sworn Police Officer in 1976. A member of Course 118, comprising 15 men and 15 women, Mrs. Akermanis was the first married woman to be trained for uniformed policing, before reverting to a clerical role.
Among her many roles, including stints in Internal Investigations, Information Services, and serving as an Executive Assistant to the Country Commander, Mrs. Akermanis ranks her tenure in Holden Hill, both in and out of uniform, as her favourite posting.
She presently serves as a Team Support Officer at Golden Grove Operations.
Geraldine Gehlig also began her career with SA Police on 6 January 1969, and currently serves as a Team Support Officer in Adelaide’s Western District.
Ms. Gehlig has enjoyed postings as an Executive Assistant in both Port Adelaide Local Service Area and South Coast LSA.
She characterized her five decades’ service with the South Australia Police ‘family’ as an amazing journey.
“I’ve seen so many changes in technology and processes over the years, including major organizational restructures”, Ms. Gehlig said.
“The thing that doesn’t change is the wonderful camaraderie and friendships made along the way.
“I have had the privilege to work alongside my sworn colleagues, always feeling like a part of the team.
“Where else would the ‘core business’ be so interesting, and the people so delightful?”
Commencing as a Divisional Relief Officer on 24 February 1969, Margaret Presgrave has undertaken unsworn roles in Criminal Investigation Branch, Prosecution, Warrants, Switchboard, and as an Executive Assistant in the Port Adelaide Division.
She too has been amazed by the changes during her five decade career.
“I still enjoy coming to work with my Port Adelaide family”, says Ms. Presgrave.
“My own family has significant history with SA Police and with Port Adelaide in particular, going back to my grandfather, who was the Officer in Charge of Henley Beach Police Station in the early 1900s.
Ms. Presgrave is currently stationed at Western District Intelligence as an Intel Support Officer.
We congratulate Linda, Geraldine and Margaret on this significant milestone!