TUNCHON, PHILLIP JAMES BM APM

Tunchon_WalPhillip (Phil) Tunchon began his police career as a police cadet in February 1968. He became active in the Police Association in 1979 serving as branch secretary and conference delegate. In May 1988 he was elected to the Executive becoming vice-president 1992–1994 and the Association’s 15th president 1994–1998. In 1998 he returned to operational policing in the Blacktown patrol but resigned on 2 April 1999 with the rank of sergeant to join the Association staff as case coordinator for the Legal Division. In 2001 he was promoted to the position of assistant secretary legal, from which he retired in 2011. Both as an elected official and staff member Phil has served the Association with distinction. As president he successfully guided the Association through the turbulent times of the Wood Royal Commission. Other achievements included regaining appeal rights for police, improvements in workers compensation and superannuation benefits and better operational equipment.  Phil has served on many internal and external committees. Currently he is a PSAC nominee. In recognition of his services to policing he was awarded the Australian Police medal in 1999. Phil has also received a number of commendations for bravery including the Queen’s Australian Bravery Medal awarded in 1994.