Don Young's bag is packed for a world of travels

Senior Constable Don Young retired yesterday after serving in the force for more than 37 years.
Senior Constable Don Young retired yesterday after serving in the force for more than 37 years. Katie Cameron

Senior Constable Young had his last day at the Warwick Police Station yesterday, after serving the local community for a decade.

Originally Snr Const Young was a "chippy" - a carpenter - by trade and decided to pursue a career as a policeman after the big building slump of 1973.

He started by signing up to the force at a police stand at the Brisbane Motor Show at the age of 22, and his career took off from there.

Snr Const Young started off his post in Brisbane, then moved to Bundaberg and after that Collinsville.

After marrying, he lived in Mackay, Many Peaks, Kalbar and Ipswich before he finally made his home in Warwick.

"The small stations were where I wanted to be," Snr Const Young said.

"You can work closely within the community."

A family man to the core, Snr Const Young said the highlight of his career would be the birth of his two daughters.

"Family is the most important thing," he said.

"You take everything home from the job and they are the one who sees your different moods."

He said being on the police force could be very interesting, recalling a time when he was attacked by a man wielding an axe.

However, Snr Const Young said the interaction with the community is the best part of his job.

"Warwick is still very country," he said.

"It's a different attitude, the people still care."

Snr Const Young is looking forward to the future, and said retirement will give him more quality time with loved ones.

He restores cars with his best mate, and they have been friends since the age of two.

"I'm looking forward to reconnecting with him," he said.

"We went through everything together as young fellas.

"We go to car shows all over the world."

Snr Const Young said he has also formed strong bonds with his fellow cops.

"I will definitely miss the mateship," he said.

"You get very close to the workers, and you have to be.

"There are no ifs, buts, or maybes."

Snr Const Young is dedicated to helping out society with his work and volunteers at various organisations.

He worked with the police campaign Operation Drag for many years and is a local Lions Club member.

"It's my forte," he said.

As well as living all over Queensland with his police placements, Mr Young is a seasoned world traveller.

He trots the globe with his wife of 35 years, Joy, who is his "best mate".

"We've been to the UK twice and through a lot of Europe - Switzerland, Germany, France, Croatia and even Venice," he said.

"We've been twice to the US and Alaska too."

He said his favourite places visited were Italy and off the coast of the Greek Islands.

Next on his agenda is America again with Canada next on the list.

Mr Young said that his career has been "very rewarding" and he aims to keep active in his retirement.

"Stay young in mind and you'll be right," he said.



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