The end of an era: Senior Constable Janine Robinson retires

Another era of policing in Cowra has come to an end with the retirement of Senior Constable Janine Robinson.

Most recognisable from her Youth Command work with PCYC, Janine has spent the last 22 years of her career supporting the youth on Cowra.

She attended the police academy at Goulburn in 1989, passing out in 1990, where she then went to Flemington Police Station until moving to police radio at Surry Hills Police Station. Janine then worked in Orange for six months, conducting general duties before finally taking up her position at Cowra’s PCYC. Janine said she was drawn to the police by her cousin.

“She was a sergeant at the time,” she said.

“I saw her in the police force and thought, she is so wonderful and does great things, I’d like to be like her and follow in her footsteps.

“I was 30 at the time and she encouraged me to join, to have a change in my life, and then her sister followed after me,” she said.

Janine said she had a number of highlights from her career but the most important was the impression she made on kids.

“What’s always stuck in my mind is the impression you make on the young kids you work with,” she said.

“Turning them around and seeing them grow up into adults, that had children of their own, who still stop me in the street and say hello and talk to me.”

Janine says she still has plans to support the community.

“I’m not going to go off and travel constantly,” she said.

“I’ll still be volunteering at the club… so I’ll still be in that role.

“I’ll come into town and catch up with people, that’s what I’ll miss the most, talking with the community. Then next year maybe I’ll do some travelling and get out on my motorbike a bit more,” she said.

At her farewell, Janine thanked all of those she had worked with over her career.

“I’d like to thank all of PCYC committees I have worked with over the years,” she said.

“My fellow police officers, all of the current members of the club, the civilian managers I’ve worked with, my Youth Commmand bosses, all the people I’ve worked with for the BreakAway program and the community for always being supportive of our role,” she said.