Neil Dupuy was told he was ineligible for the National Police Service Medal despite years of eligible service. It’s a good thing Neil is persistent.
After being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, an incurable condition of the spine, Neil Dupuy made the difficult decision to ill-health retire after 16 years of service.
Come 2016, Neil applied for the National Police Service Medal (NPSM). In December of the same year, Neil received a letter from Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott, stating he was ineligible.
The NPSM eligibility requires a minimum of 15 years of service. If Neil’s period of service as a Police Cadet was taken into account at the time, he would have served a period of 16 years and 10 months.
Without Neil’s cadet service counted, Neil’s service weighed in at 14 years and 7 months, retiring at the direction of the Government Medical Officer; 3 months short of the required 15 years.
“I felt disappointed by this decision and have pondered this for some years,” Neil said.
“I have been told for some years since receiving the letter from Assistant Commissioner Abbott that I was discriminated against because of my ill health.”
“Cadet service should be counted,” he said.
It was only after Neil contacted David McGowan, CEO of Police Veterans Victoria, that his luck started to change. Advocating on Neils behalf, Mcgowan had the decision appealed; meaning Neil would receive his medal after all.
“Thank you Police Veterans Victoria,” Neil said.
“As a result of Dave’s advocacy, I’ll be receiving my medal in due course.”