Police Minister Bob Wiese today praised the many years of loyalty and support Deputy Commissioner Les Ayton has given to the Western Australian Police Service.
Mr Wiese said Mr Ayton had spent more than 30 years in the police service, the last 18 months as deputy commissioner.
“Throughout those years of service, Mr Ayton has been a dedicated officer and has always been prepared to take on the tough jobs - no matter how onerous the task,"
"Mr Ayton was the officer given the responsibility for the initial operations of the Internal Affairs Unit which was set up to address the issue of corruption within the service.
"The importance of that initiative has been recently acknowledged with the establishment of the portfolio of Professional Standards with an assistant commissioner in charge to carry on and expand the tasks initiated by the Internal Affairs Unit.
"I thank Mr Ayton for his many years of dedicated commitment to the police service and to the WA community and I wish him and his wife, Lee, all the best for the future."
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