Remembering NSW Police Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson Killed Last Night

Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson
The NSW Police Force lost a highly respected and much-loved member of its family last night.

Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson from the Port Stephens Local Area Command was killed when the police car he was driving crashed into a tree on Lovedale Road, Allandale, around 11.50pm yesterday (Saturday 6 March 2016).

At the time, Sergeant Richardson had been driving to assist colleagues who were engaged in a pursuit. He was the only person in the car at the time of the crash.

Further police and Ambulance Paramedics were called to the scene, and got there a short time later, however Sergeant Richardson had passed away before their arrival. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Tribute: Flowers at the scene of the accident. Picture: Perry Duffin
Tribute: Flowers at the scene of the accident. Picture: Perry Duffin

The matter is now the subject of a Critical Incident Investigation, which will be supported by the Newcastle Crash Investigation Unit and overseen by the Professional Standards Command.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

NSW Police Force Mourns

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione paid tribute to Sgt Richardson outside of Nelson Bay Police Station on Sunday morning.

“It’s a very sad day for the NSW Police Force today,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“We have farewelled one of our officers.

He said police had been at the family home since last night and would remain there to offer their support. 

Acting Deputy Commissioner Geoff McKechnie told reporters the officer was the father of two young children.

“Sadly, overnight, we’ve lost a fine police officer in the Hunter Region,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the sergeant’s family. He is a father of two young children. 

“His wife and family are currently being supported by extended family and colleagues of the officer.

“NSW Police Force will ensure that all available welfare, support and assistance is provided to his colleagues.”

Brave, Dedicated and Hard-Working Family Man

Sergeant Richardson graduated from the NSW Police Academy in 1998. He served the Campbelltown Local Area Command as a Constable until 2005, when he was transferred to Cobar and promoted to the rank of Senior Constable.

In April 2010, he was transferred to Central Hunter Local Area Command, before moving to Lake Macquarie Local Area Command upon his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in December 2010.

He served Lake Macquarie until July of 2015, at which time he transferred to Port Stephens Local Area Command.

Sergeant Richardson provided 18 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the people of NSW. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including a Regional Commander’s Commendation for Bravery after he arrested a number of offenders while off-duty at Nelson Bay in 2012.

In every sense, he was a hard-working, highly regarded, popular and committed police officer, who will be sorely missed by the organisation he so ably represented and the communities he diligently served.

Above all else, he was a loving and much-loved husband and father. His wife, Senior Constable Margaret King, and his two young sons, are naturally devastated, and we ask that their privacy be respected during this extremely difficult time.

As the men and women of this organisation always do in times of tragedy, we will band together and support Sergeant Richardson’s family, his friends, and each other, through this extremely difficult situation.

Source: NSW Police.

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