Bill joined Victoria Police as a Junior Police Trainee in January 1956 at the age of 16yrs – and rose to the rank of Deputy Commissioner (Operations)
Whilst serving with Victoria Police he was sent on secondment to Vanuatu after it got Independence from Britain and France and suffered an Internal Rebellion. Bill was an Inspector of Police at the time and in Vanuatu he also held the positions of Principal Immigration Officer, Commander of the Vanuatu Mobile Force; Director of Prisons, Secretary of the Vanuatu Security Council and Chairman of the Residency Permit Committee.
Bill was awarded an APM (Australian Police Medal), Bill on Australia Day 2009 was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia):
“For service to the community through a range of executive roles with crime and injury prevention and anti-violence organisations and raising awareness of responsible gambling”.
He was subsequently appointed to the Order of Australia Victoria Executive and is an Australia Day (Life) Ambassador.
Bill continues to be a member of numerous committees.