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By Jessica Cuthbert 

 

Constable Adam Taylor is following in the footsteps of three generations before him. 

Adam’s father Darren, his aunt Kellie, grandfather Keith and great- great-grandfather Edward Weaver all have one thing in common. 

They are all a part of the Blue Family and have seen the way policing has changed over the past century. 

As the newest member of the family to join the force, 19 year-old Adam graduated from the WA Police Academy in March. 

He started with Blue Squad 11/2019 in October 2019 and due to the COVID-19 crisis, graduated five weeks earlier than planned to join the Self Quarantine Assurance Team. 

He joins three other generations of his family who have worn the blue uniform with pride. 

He said graduating was an extremely proud moment for him and his family. 

Those five months were the most challenging, yet rewarding months of my life which allowed me to develop friendships and memories I’ll never forget,” he said. 

“My time at the academy only emphasised my enthusiasm for what is yet to come in my career going forward. I can’t wait.” 

Adam now joins his father, Senior Sergeant Darren Taylor, and aunt, Inspector Kellie Taylor in the job. 

He said his family was one of the contributing factors which led to his decision to join the WA Police Force. 

“I’ve had a front row seat to the career and lifestyle they have forged for themselves. They are people that have inspired my entire life and having the opportunity to follow in their footsteps is exciting,” he said. 

“Joining was the best decision I’ve made and I can only encourage other soon-to-be applicants. It is a big commitment and your life will change, but only for the better.” 

The Taylor family history in policing began with Edward Weaver, Adam’s great- great-grandfather, who served from 1910 to 1923. 

 

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Adam's great-great grandfather, Edward Weaver who served from 1910 to 1923 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith told Police News he never knew his grandfather or anything about him until after he joined himself. 

“It was only after I became a police officer that I did a bit of research and found out he was one too,” he said. 

“I do remember there was a comment made by his superintendent in an old journal saying he was an excellent horseman and that’s about it.” 

Keith said he wasn’t sure what his inspiration to join the WA Police Force was, but he is glad he did. 

“I remember reading something about police cadets so I joined as a cadet when I was 15 in 1962. Back in those days you just needed to meet a certain height and weight criteria. I was a bit short so they told me to go home and come back the next day with some newspaper in my boots,” he laughed. 

“Back then you started as a cadet and then qualified for the academy at 21. I remember there were a group of us that were 20 but they put us in anyway.” 

Keith said he recalled the time when the drinking age in WA was 21. 

“When we first started out we were just shy of 21 and we were throwing people out of pubs that weren’t old enough, yet we weren’t even supposed to be in there. Times have changed a lot since then,” he said. 

Keith said he is still friends with some people he went through the academy with. “I still see some of them every now and then. Some are still my best mates,” he said. 

He spent most of his policing career as a detective and left as a superintendent after serving for 37 years until 1999. 

 As Darren and Kellie grew up surrounded by the police culture from a young age, they had gained admiration and respect for the job.

“Dad being a police officer was definitely a factor as to why I joined,” Darren said. 

“I finished high school and applied. It was never pushed on us and our parents always encouraged us to do what we wanted to do but once I raised the idea, I had nothing but support.” 

Kellie joined in 1995 and has since worked in regional areas, detective offices and has been the OIC at Fremantle and Nannup. 

She said her inspiration to join was much the same as her brother, Darren. 

“We’ve been surrounded by the police culture right from when we were kids. All our parents’ friends were a part of the police family so we’ve always been around it,” she said. 

“Going through school, it was all I ever really wanted to do. When I finished school, Dad gave me some advice to go try something different first. I tried real estate for a few years but it just wasn’t for me so I joined up at 21.” 

Keith said his reaction to both his children and now his grandson joining the job was one of immense pride. 

“I thought it was really great. All that mattered was that they were sure this is what they wanted to do and that they were happy and safe. It was always a good job to me, I loved it,” he said.   

Darren said he was extremely proud of Adam.

 “It was a very proud moment when he graduated. Adam wanting to join came a bit out of the blue but once he decided, he committed to the training and got through. He was the youngest in the two squads at only 19 so I was very proud of him,” he said. 

Adam’s great, great-grandfather Edward Weaver served as the OIC of the Nannup Police Station from 1921-1923. In a quirk of fate, more than 80 years later, Kellie was also the OIC at the same station in 2010. 

“Edward lived in a little old house next door to the old police station. The station is now the tourist centre and the house that they lived in is looked after by the Country Women’s Association. When I was there as the OIC, a few of the locals had a great laugh at the family history repeating,” Kellie said. 

At that time, Kellie was only one of two female OICs in regional WA and the first ever female police officer at the Nannup Police Station. 

“That was a pretty proud moment,” she said. 

Darren said a career highlight for him was in 2010 working a three-month secondment at the Australian Crime Commission in Melbourne working on criminal drug networks.

 
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Walter Taylor (left) with Son Keith Taylor at Keith's graduation
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 Looking back, Keith said it has been interesting to see how policing has changed and evolved over the decades. 

“It has certainly changed a lot since I first started. The kids and I had a talk about sending us ex-officers back in and Kellie said to me: ‘Dad you wouldn’t know how to go back – you wouldn’t understand one word they were talking about,” he laughed.  

“The technology has gone ahead in such leaps and bounds, I often tell them stories of how antiquated we were back then. Sometimes I look back and think of how we had little to no technology, no mobile phones and I think to myself how did we ever catch anybody?" 

“We relied on the radio, the car and communication between each other. I don’t know how we survived. It’s been pretty interesting living through the kids and now Adam in their current policing world.” 

Keith said he served under five commissioners during his service. 

“I remember when I graduated the Commissioner was Richard Thomas Napier after whom I believe the Pipe Band still wear the Napier Tartan as they were formed under him,” he said. 

He said while the technology and aspects of policing had certainly changed, one thing that remained the same was the comradery.

 
 
 
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