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Top cop resigns

FORMER Korumburra man Ken Lay resigned as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police yesterday (Monday).

The police officer of 41 years resigned due to his wife Chris sustaining a serious illness.

A keen cyclist at Inverloch, Mr Lay said the police force’s stronger stand against family violence was among his greatest achievements.

“These complex yet cowardly crimes wreak untold havoc on our society. They ruin lives and they are overwhelming our justice system,” he said.

“During the recent state election, both parties were committing to an issue previously ignored and misunderstood by many in our community. I would like to think that Victoria Police has played a role in changing that attitude.”

Victoria Police will soon establish a Family Violence Command – the first of its kind in the world.

During Mr Lay’s tenure, the force has welcomed an additional 2700 people, has a new uniform, and tackled bikies and organised crime head on.

“Being the Commissioner of Police is an exhaustive job – it requires absolute focus, commitment and energy for 365 days a year. I simply cannot invest that energy at the moment,” he said.

“I would hope the Victorian community and all members of Victoria Police will understand my dilemma – and my decision.”

 

Well respected: retiring Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

Well respected: retiring Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

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