Toowoomba prosecutor sets sail for retirement
IT COULD be said Toowoomba police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson has been counting down the days to his retirement later this month.
Sgt Robinson turns 60 this year which means he will be required to retire from the police service.
"I've had 37 years, nine months and 14 days on the job," he said with customary smile.
"That's 13,801 days working for the Queensland Police Service.
"I've done over 32 years as a police prosecutor but I've done traffic, domestic violence court, children's court and arrest court... a bit of everything.
"But when you turn 60 you have to go."
Sgt Robinson joined police prosecutions in 1986 and prosecuted in courts in Brisbane and Ipswich before moving to Toowoomba in August 2001 when Magistrate Alan Yorkston was sitting on the bench.
"When I started we didn't have domestic violence legislation but I think that's one of the positive things that have been introduced since.
"I think drugs are having more of an impact now and 'ice' is a real concern."
Away from court Sgt Robinson has spent time on the beat, directing traffic, heading wide load escorts and a range of other "specials".
"I did specials at the cricket at the Gabba and football at Lang Park when the Broncos were just starting," he said. "I really enjoyed that.
"I went to the police academy when Wayne Bennett and Mal Meninga were there but they've gone onto bigger and better things.
"As a prosecutor, I've always found it important to work with the media because it's important that the media get it right."
Sgt Robinson and his wife Karen enjoy ocean cruises and in retirement he sees the couple setting sail again for the high seas.
"We enjoy cruises and we'll do more," he said.
"We'll be staying in the area and I'm looking forward to spending more time with our family.
"We have two-and-a-half grandchildren at the moment."
Sgt Robinson's farewell morning at the Toowoomba Police Station will be on July 27.