A SELECTION of the south-west's finest gathered at Cabra-Vale Diggers on Monday to catch up and swap stories about their days in the force.
The event, to mark Retired Police Day, attracted former officers from Liverpool, Green Valley, Cabramatta and Fairfield local area commands, as well as several serving police men and women.
Aside from honouring their contribution to the state, the event offered the retired officers a chance to catch up with former colleagues and pass on insights from their years of experience to some current officers.
The event featured official speeches and the presentation of Retired Police Day pins.
Among those who attended was Liverpool acting inspector Damian Leemon who said the event would be held annually and involve retired officers from the four commands.
"It's a good opportunity for the current generation to meet the older generation and show the retired generation where policing is heading in the future," he said.
Green Valley Detective Inspector Brendan Bernie said it was an important day for all officers involved.
"It provides the opportunity to reflect on the passing of retired police officers over the previous year," he said. "Retired police are able to gain an appreciation of contemporary policing, police equipment and infrastructure.
"The current success of the NSW police was built on the hard work and determination of our former colleagues. To all former police officers in the community, we say simply, thank you."