Superintendent Darren Spooner
Superintendent Darren Spooner Adam Hourigan

Darren Spooner receives Australian Police Medal

ALMOST 40 years after he hit the streets of Sydney as a fresh-faced police cadet, Grafton's former top cop has been honoured with an Australian Police Medal.

Superintendent Darren Spooner swapped his city boots for his a role as commander of Coffs/Clarence Grafton sector in 2005.

At the time he told the Examiner he looked forward to living in a quieter, "good place to raise kids" and in the years that followed he gave back to the community that provided him with the welcomed change in lifestyle.

He was well respected for the relationships he built with indigenous leaders and the sporting community.

A big believer in the positive role staying active could play in keeping youths on track, he was a regular at the Yamba Rugby and Surf Life Saving Clubs.

Before his move to Grafton, he served at commands across NSW and gained extensive experience in general duties and tactical policing.

He was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2010 and is currently serving with the Tactical Operations Unit State Protection Group.

Superintendent Spooner was one of nine NSW police officers to be awarded the prestigious medal at a ceremony at Government House on Wednesday.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the awards were a "tribute to the dedication and tireless work of these officers in our community" and the recipients should be proud of their achievements.

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