Tuggerah Lakes Police District Chief Inspector, Colin Lott, received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.
C/Insp Lott received his OAM for services to the community through a variety of roles, including his work with NSW Police Force and St John Ambulance Service NSW.
C/Insp Lott has been a member of the Force for 32 years and has served at various Local Area Commands around Greater Sydney and the Hunter.
Starting out in 1987 as a constable in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross, C/Insp Lott spent the past three decades in the force and joined Tuggerah Lakes Police District in 2015.
C/Insp Lott said the call to serve the community came at a young age.
“My father was a volunteer with the Hornsby Rural Fire Brigade and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” C/Insp Lott said.
In his teens, C/Insp Lott joined the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) as a volunteer.
During his time with the RFS, C/Insp Lott would also become keenly involved with the St John Ambulance Service.
“A friend of my fathers who worked for St John’s took me out one night to show me what the Ambulance Service did.
“I had always had an interest in medicine and after that night I began volunteering with St John’s,” he said.
That chance night would spark a rich career with St John’s for C/Insp Lott, who went on to work at the local, regional and state level of the Ambulance Service, holding many positions along the way.
His service with St John’s culminated with him being named Assistant Commissioner of Metropolitan Operations in 2012, but C/Insp Lott still remembers what it was like being a St John’s Cadet with the Hornsby division.
Building upon his background in health services, C/Insp Lott would go on to become a Registered Nurse and began musing with the idea of joining the Police Force.
“It was something I had always wanted to do so I took the leap and joined the Academy,” C/Insp Lott said.
According to C/Insp Lott, his medical background proved extremely useful throughout his career with the Force.
“For me it helped take the shellshock out of it and I enjoy being able to pass on my medical knowledge to colleagues in the field,” C/Insp Lott said.
Of his Australia Day honour C/Insp Lott said he was honoured to have been made an OAM.
“It was very surprising.
“I’m honoured and humbled to receive it,” he said.
Throughout his career C/Insp Lott has received many accolades.
Notable awards include: Recipient, Commander of the Order of St John, 2013; recipient, Fourth Bar to the St John Service Medal, St John Ambulance New South Wales, 2014 (First Bar, 1998; Second Bar, 2003; Third Bar, 2008); recipient, 12 Year Service Medal, St John Ambulance New South Wales, 1993; inductee, Honorary Life Membership, St John Ambulance New South Wales, 1992; and, recipient, Certificate of Merit, St John Ambulance New South Wales, 1991.
Document, Jan 21
2019 Australia Day Honours List
Kaye Browning, Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat
Interview, Jan 31
Chief Inspector Colin Lott, Tuggerah Lakes Police District
Dilon Luke, Journalist