Retired Mosgiel police officer Scott Kerr celebrates his
90th birthday with family from throughout New Zealand and
Australia, in Mosgiel last week. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Once a policeman, always a policeman.
Even in retirement, former senior constable Scott Kerr cannot
help but keep his finger on the pulse.
The 90-year-old Mosgiel resident has been off the beat for
decades, but stays informed with the latest technology.
His daughter Lynette Harwood said age had not slowed him.
''He still drives, lives at home and uses his Apple computer,
iPhone and iPad,'' she said.
''He's up to date with all those things and loves to keep up
with all the news and what's going on.''
Mrs Harwood travelled with her husband Gary and their son
Jason from Brisbane to Mosgiel last week for Mr Kerr's 90th
birthday on Thursday.
She organised a surprise family reunion for her father, which
was attended by a dozen close relatives from throughout New
Zealand and Australia.
''My dad deserves this. The last time we all got together was
years ago,'' Mrs Harwood said.
She and her siblings grew up in Mosgiel, where Mr Kerr worked
as a police officer.
In 1978, he was transferred to Gore for a short time but
returned to Dunedin to work in the central station's
watchhouse, then as a police orderly and prisoner escort in
the Dunedin District Court before retiring.
Nowadays, Mr Kerr cares for his wife Theresa (86), who lives
in a rest-home.
''We were married in 1949 and all together it's been 66 years
of bliss. Nothing can come between us,'' he said.
Mr Scott was born in Edinburgh and arrived in Dunedin as an
He spent six months at Mornington School, then worked from
the age of 12 before joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
He was deployed overseas in World War 2.
''I went away 13 stone (82kg) and came back 11.5 stone (73kg)
and was in hospital in convalescence for 11 months.''
Stints working at the ''disabled servicemen's'' and as a
foreman left Mr Kerr wanting and by chance he met a police
recruiter while visiting his wife in Queen Mary Hospital.
Before he had a chance to think about being a policeman, Mr
Kerr was given a uniform and told to patrol the streets.
Formal training followed and in total he spent about 29 years
in the force.
He said it was an interesting career, which even saw him
escort US politician Byron Lindberg Johnson during his visit
to New Zealand.
''I've met the guys who sweep the gutters and the guys who
rule the lands.''