Robert Haldane (1952–2020) served in the Victoria Police Force for almost thirty-four years, retiring at the rank of superintendent in August 2001. In addition to extensive operational experience as a uniformed officer and detective, his police career included positions as a staff officer, industrial relations officer, research officer and editor of the Victoria Police news magazine Police Life. In the world after the force, Robert was involved in regional development and was deputy mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council. A historian and author, he was also a food reviewer and contributor to lifestyle magazines and history journals. The People’s Force is based on his PhD thesis.