A man who grew up on a farm in the Ouyen district and worked on a horticultural property at Colignan ahead of joining the Victorian Police Force has now risen to the rank of Local Area Command Police Inspector.
Last year at the age of 38 Inspector Adrian Healy became one of the Victorian Police representatives on the inaugural international conference for the LGBTQ criminal justice professionals in Amsterdam.
This followed a career in the Police Force which has included seven years as a detective working on serious crimes before being promoted to supervising sergeant with the Critical Response Team.
In this role he met the Queen and organised security for Bill Clinton’s visit to Melbourne, including a round of golf which he was able to arrange at the Pont Cook Golf Course.
Inspector Healy is attached to the Footscray Police and in recent times has been working with African communities, organising forums attended by African leaders from across the Western part of Melbourne.
In addition to Policing duties Inspector Healy undertakes a number of community service roles and in recent months has been a regular visitor to see his mother who is hospitalised in Melbourne.
And whenever he can Inspector Healy returns to the family farm home where his father Les still resides.
“My son went to school at Ouyen Primary and Secondary School and took up an apprenticeship in agriculture and worked for the Mansell’s at Colignan for about six months,” Les Healy said.
“Then he went on a holiday and during that joined the Police Force – he didn’t tell us until after it happened but for him its been a great choice,” Mr Healy said.
Two of Inspector Healy’s sisters live in the Ouyen area and work at the local Hospital.