Constable Mike Stewart was faced with a Co-op store safe-cracking on his first day as Altona’s Policeman in February, 1954. Safe-crackers had peeled off the outside door of the safe but failed to get inside, where thousands of dollars in cash and cheques were kept. They took $19 in change and small bills from three tills in the store and scattered $25 in change on the floor around the safe.
(1958 to 1962)
(1963 to 1977)
In August, 1977, the Altona Police Department upgraded its communications system by installing a mobile phone in its cruiser car. Constable Bob Mart demonstrates the phone. He was later appointed chief of police when Chief Joe Villeneuve resigned.
(picture taken in 1989)