Distinguished Maroubra Policeman Retires

Paul Fownes
Photo Credit: NSWPoliceForce

After 36 years in service, this Order of Australia awardee and recipient of the distinguished Australia Police Medal who also happened to be Maroubra’s longest-serving policeman has left his post for a well-earned retirement.



Chief Inspector Paul Fownes had always wanted to be a police officer. As a little boy, he looked up to his grandfather, who worked as a policeman in London.

Mr Fownes was first posted at the Maroubra Police Station after his graduation from the NSW Police Force Academy in 1986. He was designated to general duties at the  Maroubra Police Station.

He soon became the type of policeman who was very connected to the community he served. He worked with special operations and investigated drug and property offences. 

The police officer then moved up the ranks to become a member of the Maroubra Highway Patrol and became the commander of the Central Metropolitan highway patrol region that covered the Eastern Suburbs, the City of Sydney, and Leichhardt.

A very familiar figure on the eastern beaches, Mr Fownes was often seen interacting with people in Maroubra, Bondi, and Paddington.

Chief Inspector Paul Fownes was awarded an Order of Australia in 2018 for his work with South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club. A year later, he received the highest honor, the Australian Police Medal, for his service. 

Outside of the police force, he is an active member of the South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club and served as its president. As its current chairman, he plans to secure upgrades for the facility and improve its accessibility.

“This man is so kind and friendly. In my encounters with him at Maroubra SLSC he was so kind and helpful. Little did I know what achievements and stature he has. You could never tell. He is so humble. Thank you for all you did in your career for the community as an officer and all you continue to do for the SLS community,” wrote Lisa Proj. 

“Thank you Sir for the many years of dedication to NSW Police. A long and distinguished career in keeping law and order. Trusting you will enjoy your retirement and further involvement in your community. Wishing health and happiness,” said Carol Jones.