Detective Seeing Signs



The writing is on the wall for Invercargill detective Derek Millar.

After more than 15 years with Invercargill police, the 38-year-old cleared his desk for the last time at the Invercargill station yesterday.

On July 2, Mr Millar will enter the business world – opening an Invercargill branch of global signwriting giant Speedy Signs.

Mr Millar said when he joined the police aged 22, he saw the job as a lifetime commitment.

“I thought I would be here until I retired but a couple of years ago I started getting itchy feet.”

Mr Millar was only in uniform for nine months before spending 18 months in the raid squad and a further 18 months working in community policing based in south Invercargill.

Restructuring of community policing meant some positions were reshuffled to inquiry jobs, which saw him taking up a criminal investigation unit position in March 1996, he said.

Speedy Signs is New Zealand’s and the world’s largest signs and graphics company with over 700 centres in 30 countries. There are 18 locations across New Zealand and Mr Millar will open the 19th branch in Kelvin St on July 2.

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