THE REAL JOHN ROSE: John Rose (left) is congratulated by his father on graduating Police Academy. John will be the third man of that name to serve in the Newcastle area behind his father and grandfather. . GRANDFATHER: The late inspector John Rose. His grandson John Rose graduated from the police academy yesterday .
Nanjing Night Net

OF the 25 new police officers destined for Newcastle City local area command there is one with a name more familiar than most.

Constable John Rose, who graduated from the NSW police academy in Goulburn yesterday, will follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both named John Rose, by working as a police officer in the Newcastle area.

The eldest John Rose worked out of Newcastle police station for 37 years and reached the rank of inspector while the middle John Rose was a senior constable at the now closed Hamilton police station for 10 years.

The eldest John Rose passed away in 1996 after a distinguished career, but his son said he would have been proud of one of the Northern Region’s latest recruits.

‘‘He would have been over the moon,’’ Mr Rose said.

‘‘John has always said from a young age that he wanted to be a police officer.

‘‘He saw photos of me and my dad in our uniforms and knew that’s what he wanted to be.’’

The John Rose name has spanned eight generations, but only the past three have joined the police force.