THE Gold Stealing Detection Unit (GSDU) or Gold Squad has celebrated 100 years of protecting the integrity and security of the gold industry in Western Australia.
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) hailed the centenary of the Gold Squad in a civic celebration in Kalgoorlie recently.
The GSDU emerged in the early years of the 20th century when gold theft was rife.
The unit has proved vital in protecting the integrity and security of the gold industry in Western Australia according to CME Chief Executive, Tim Shanahan.
“The Gold Stealing Detection Unit gives gold producers confidence that their industry will not be undermined by theft of the precious metal,” he said.
“There has been long and effective relationship between the State’s multi-billion dollar gold industry, and the GSDU,” he said.
“We are pleased to pay tribute to the many officers, past and present, who have served with the GSDU, at times putting themselves at great personal risk in eliminating criminal activity,” he concluded.