Members Statement – The career of Sergeant Dale McCahon

Melina BATH (Eastern Victoria) (09:54): In my members statement today I would like to celebrate the career of Sergeant Dale McCahon, recently retired from the Leongatha police station. Dale joined Victoria Police in 1982, and after doing a stint in Melbourne, saw the light and came to country Victoria, transferring to Wonthaggi in 1990. He continued his service at Wonthaggi and Leongatha stations, rising to the rank of sergeant in 2008, until his retirement earlier this month.

In 1990 Dale received a service commendation for diligence, courage and tenacity in the arrest of two offenders who were attempting to evade police. Like many country-based officers, as well as working to keep our communities safe, Dale has embedded himself in his community, doing a lengthy stint as the president of the Leongatha Parrots netball club and volunteering his talents as the social media officer for the club. Raising funds regularly for charity, Dale completed Oxfam marathons on a number of occasions and continues to inspire people through his physical trekking challenges. On a personal note, I have really respected and appreciated his responsiveness and collaboration when as a local MP I have picked up the phone and asked for his advice on policing matters.

Our VicPol officers perform a very valuable task as first responders, often under extremely hazardous circumstances. Acknowledging his outstanding service, I am sure Dale has many plans for his retirement, including spending more leisure time with wife Lee and daughters Sarah and Emily, who are, I am sure, immensely proud of his contribution to the Gippsland community. Thank you, Dale. Cheers to your retirement.