A NEW sergeant has been appointed to the Foster Police Station.
Sergeant Leigh Cole started at Foster last week after transferring to South Gippsland from the Mernda Police Station and previously the Whittlesea Crime Investigation Unit in northern metropolitan Melbourne.
Sgt Cole takes over the station’s senior officer role from the now-retired Sgt Neil Coates whose final official day in uniform took place on Saturday January 5, 2020 after 43 years of service to Victoria Police.
Sgt Cole heads the team of six police based at Foster, which also includes Leading Senior Constables Darren Lomax, Tim Smith, Matt Da Costa and Peter Robinson, and Senior Constable Anthony Wilson, together with Toora Police Station’s LSC Paul Delaney.
The seven officers across the two stations are supported in their work by administrative assistant Brenda Jordan.
Sgt Cole joined the Victoria Police at the age of 24, and, after completing his initial course at the Victoria Police Academy in Glen Waverley, was posted to Preston as his training station.
He went on to serve with the Victoria Police Drug Squad for more than four years and then as a detective for seven years before taking on running volume crime investigations such as theft of and from motor vehicles at Whittlesea CIU.
Sgt Cole spent the past 10 months in the sergeant’s chair at Mernda before accepting the Foster station position.
He is married with two young children and is in the process of moving with his family to live in the Bass Coast area.