It’s welcome home for region’s top cop29/03/2019 - Author: admin - Comments are closed
RECOGNITION: Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy beat a crack field of several dozen applicants for the top job, and takes over from Assistant Commissioner Carlene York.ALMOST 30 years to the day after he became the youngest officer in the then Hamilton police district, Jeff Loy will return to Newcastle as the region’s most senior cop.
Assistant Commissioner Loy, 52, was yesterday confirmed as the new Northern Region commander, a job that looks after a region from the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border and a workforce of about 2500 officers.
He will start next month.
It will be something of a homecoming for the current boss of the force’s forensic services group.
The son of a locomotive driver, he began his primary schooling at Jesmond in 1965 when his father was based at Broadmeadow, returned for his stint at Hamilton in 1983 and later at Belmont, and was a detective for the homicide squad in Newcastle for three years from 1987.
He still has family in the Northern Rivers area and spent time at Tweed Heads and Lismore during his career.
“It is a position I have aspired to and I feel the opportunity to lead the Northern Region is the highlight of my career,” he said.
“The Northern Region is very fortunate to already have a very effective and productive police force.
“It is already in place, I just hope I can enhance it.
“I still have a lot of emotional ties to the region and am looking forward to the challenge.”
Mr Loy beat a crack field of several dozen applicants for the top job, taking over from Assistant Commissioner Carlene York, who is now the head of the force’s human resources department.
He is expected to start at the Newcastle headquarters next month, almost 30 years to the day since he was sent from Sydney as a lowly ranked constable.
Known as a hard but fair boss who rose through the detective ranks before taking on managerial roles, Mr Loy also spent time in the regional crime squads based in Newcastle and the north coast.
“All I ask is that people turn up and do their work, do the best they can for the community, and get home safely,” Mr Loy said.
“That, and lock up crooks.”
Mr Loy has won an Australian surf lifesaving medal representing Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club and won a rugby league premiership with the Dudley Magpies.
After stints in the homicide squad in Newcastle from 1987-1990 and in the regional crime squad based at Tweed Heads, Mr Loy ran the target action group at Lismore from 1995.
He became crime manager at Shoalhaven before looking after local area commands on the far south coast and, in 2007, at Campsie.
At the end of 2008, he became the director of operations of the force’s Professional Standards, formerly internal affairs, before taking on the role of assistant commissioner in charge of the forensic services group in 2010.
He has been widely applauded as the person responsible for reducing a crippling backlog in dealing with crime scene evidence.