Shane Cribb has fond memories of his time as a student police officer at the old Taree Police Station on Albert Street in the 1990s.
Thirty years on, the now Superintendent and Manning Great Lakes Police District Commander had the honour to open its new and improved successor.
"This is a very special day for Taree Police Station," Supt Cribb said at the official opening on June 25.
Since Taree officers moved into the premises six weeks ago, officers have shared with Supt Cribb their delight about having access to a modern facility and equipment.
"When we were building this facility, it was all about making sure the police felt safe," Supt Cribb added.
"I can assure that in this building they feel safe, they want to commit to the community and make them feel safe.
"We have also built strong relationships with the community."
To pay tribute to the Taree police heritage, Supt Cribb wanted a historical component added to the new station.
His wish was granted as a timeline of the Taree policing history was installed on a wall of the station.
NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller was on hand for the opening.
"You love walking into new police stations, particularly when they are of this quality," Commissioner Fuller said.
"It speak volumes not just for the police but for the investment in the local community."
NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said the opening was a 'silver lining' given the current criticism and treatment of officers across the world.
"A lot has been said about policing in the last couple of months, it's been a challenging time to be both the minister and responsible for 17,00 rank officers who are being both literally and metaphorically flogged," Mr Elliott said.
"To be able to come here and celebrate with the police family an $18 million investment a brand new facility with state-of-the-art technology and amenities that will prove to the police the community loves and is grateful for the work they do."
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead is one of three former police officers in the NSW parliament.
"Taree is a thriving regional community and deserves the best policing response the government can offer," Mr Bromhead said.
"Our local police do an exemplary job and this modern facility will provide the extra space they need to grow."