THE police force has changed a great deal, especially for women officers, since 1971 and Anita Face has been there through it all.
During her 40 years of service Senior Constable Face has seen reforms like maternity leave introduced and she campaigned personally for the option of part-time work.
"I had to fight tooth and nail for it and I got it in 1991," she said yesterday, her last day in uniform.
As she was farewelled at a ceremony at Belmont police station Senior Constable Face recalled fondly her time in the force.
"I have seen so many changes and they have all been great," she said.
For most of the past 18 years, Senior Constable Face has overseen the Hunter's traffic offenders program, designed to pass on road-safety lessons to drivers who come before the courts for drink-driving, speeding and other traffic offences.
Lake Macquarie police commander acting Superintendent Murray Lundberg described her work with the program as a model of best practice for the state.
Senior Constable Face received the NSW Police Medal in 2003.