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Queensland Police Acting Chief Superintendent Paul Ziebarth Passes Away


It is with much sadness and great regret that the Queensland Police Service can confirm the death of Acting Chief Superintendent Paul Ziebarth from South Brisbane District. Continue reading Queensland Police Acting Chief Superintendent Paul Ziebarth Passes Away

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).

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Commemorating 100th Anniversary of NSW Police Sergeant William Bowen’s Death


New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione visited the Hunter Valley on Friday to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the death of a Dungog police officer and attend the unveiling of a plaque in his honour.

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Fifteenth Anniversary of the Australia Day Police Tragedy

Cessna 310 (civilian), similar to the aircraft operated by WA Police

Australia Day 2001: four police officers onboard a Cessna aircraft (call-sign PolAir 64) are on a return flight to Newman after investigating a serious domestic disturbance in the remote Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra, near the border of Northern Territory.

What happened that night became the most tragic loss of lives in a single accident in the history of Western Australian Police. Continue reading Fifteenth Anniversary of the Australia Day Police Tragedy

Illawarra Officers Join Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance


More than 150 motorbikes will depart Kiama on Saturday morning in a show of police solidarity. 

The Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance honours the service and sacrifice of fallen Australian police.

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Police Suicide: An International Crisis


Police suicides are occurring at alarming rates. This crisis is an international problem within the law enforcement community.

National police suicide statistics can be murky because few departments report them, but the nonprofit Badge of Life counted 126 officer suicides in 2012. In July of 2014, Brian Nordli reported that Bob Douglas, founder of the National Police Suicide Foundation believes that the number is even higher and stated that two officers commit suicide for each officer who is killed in the line of duty by a criminal.

Comparing police suicide suicides for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and comparing them to police officer line of duty deaths for the same period the magnitude of the crisis becomes clear. Police suicide is the number one cause of death of among law enforcement officers. Badge of Life recorded 126 suicides in 2012, while the Officer Down Memorial Page recorded 133 Line of Duty Deaths.


Douglas estimates that only 3 percent of the country’s 18,000 police agencies have suicide prevention programs. Experts say most people contemplating suicide send signals for help.

“I really think the key is leadership,” Douglas said. “That’s the reason why we’re wanting to develop this sensitivity enhancement model.”

Sources: Las Vegas Sun and E-Roll Call Magazine.


Police Officers Fatally Shot In 1995 Awarded Posthumous Medals

The fatal shooting of two police officers on the New South Wales mid-north coast 20 years ago led to improved safety for all force members, a ceremony to award the officers posthumous medals has been told.

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the murders of Senior Constable Robert Spears and Senior Constable Peter Addison, killed while responding to reports of a domestic violence incident at Crescent Head on July 9, 1995.

Hundreds gathered at Crescent Head to commemorate the anniversary.

Both men are receiving the National Police Service Medal, to be presented to their widows by NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

Dozens of police officers in formal uniforms were among the crowd, along with many local residents touched by the violent shootings in a normally sleepy surfing town.

Read more on ABC News.

Source: www.abc.net.au

Crescent Heads Police Killings: Ceremony Mark Sacrifice Made By Senior Constables On Duty

It was supposed to be a routine domestic violence call, but what happened next not only tore apart two families but also stunned a NSW coastal town.

Senior Constables Robert Spears and Peter Addison made the ultimate sacrifice when they were killed in the line of duty while protecting the community of Crescent Head on the Mid North Coast from an armed gunman on July 9, 1995.

Today is the 20th anniversary of their deaths and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has presented National Police Service medals to the widows of the slain officers in honour of the pair’s heroism and diligence to duty.

The Daily Telegraph reported at that time that on the night on July 8, 1995, the officers had kissed their families goodbye and headed out for the late shift at Kempsey Police Station…

Read the full story on News.com.

Source: www.news.com.au

RCMP Stands Sentry At National War Memorial To Honour Victoria Cross Winner

A sense of duty and history drove Staff Sgt. Dan Mayer of the RCMP to stand guard at the National War Memorial on Sunday.

History because the sentry duties marked 115 years since an RCMP officer was awarded the Victoria Cross, the country’s highest military honour, for rescuing a wounded soldier while under fire.

Duty because Mayer and others who took sentry duty had personal connections to the events of Oct. 22, when Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed while standing watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Some were among the first responders to the memorial after the shootings on Oct. 22, and others remain charged with protecting the country from terrorist threats.

Read more in Westerly News.

Source: www.westerlynews.ca

Twentieth Anniversary of Murders of Police Constables at Crescent Head

Sacrifice and sadness will hang heavy in the air on Thursday for officers and wider family of the Mid North Coast Local Area Command.

It will be the 20th anniversary of senior constables Pete Addison and Bob Spears’ murders at Crescent Head.

The two officers, stationed at Kempsey but both of whom lived in Port Macquarie, were killed while responding to a violent disturbance on Main Street about 1am on July 9, 1995.

Electrician John McGowan killed Sen Const Spears first by using a .223 calibre Rutger Rifle, before taking the other officer’s life.

McGowan then shot himself.

The two officers were posthumously awarded the NSW Police Force’s highest honour, the Commissioner’s Valour Award, the following month.

Read more in Macquarie Port News.

Source: www.portnews.com.au