by Amber Macpherson
A RETIRING policeman probably should have known you can't run from the cops, but on his last day on Friday, he tried.
Noosa Heads Senior Constable Les Suffolk thought he could evade the police for the traditional guard of honour, but despite his best efforts, the modest officer was applauded as he walked out of the station to the sound of bag pipes.
Noosa Heads Officer-in-charge Ben Carroll said the police officer, with a 41-year career in the force, was, evidently, a very humble person.
"This is typical of Les," Noosa Heads Officer-in-charge Benedict Carroll said.
"He was an excellent police officer, very humble, he never sought accolades - clearly."
Senior Sergeant Carroll said the most remarkable aspect of Snr Const Suffolk's career was that he remained in his role as an "on-the-beat" cop.
"He was uniformed first response for all of those 41 years," Snr Sgt Carroll said.
"That was what is so impressive about his career is he wasn't jaded by his time.
"During that time, never did he disappoint us.
"He knew everybody, he was a good friend.
"Les is well-known amongst the Noosa community and has made many friends here over the years.
"He is most highly regarded amongst his peers. He has also served many clients in that time ensuring that each and every one was treated with dignity and respect."
Snr Const Suffolk spent 31 of his 41 years at the Noosa Heads Police Station.
Snr Sgt Carroll said if it weren't for the compulsory police retirement age, Snr Const Suffolk would still be serving.
"He still wants to work," he said.
"He has to retire at 60, that's a police requirement, but today he's on pre-retirement leave until his last day on January 12 next year."