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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

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner: Fifty Attacks Stopped Since 7/7

The UK’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer says up to 50 deadly terror attacks have been foiled since the 7 July bombings a decade ago.

On 7 July 2005, 52 people died when four bombs were detonated in London.

The Met’s Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, said the plots had been different, but all could have resulted in fatalities.

He also accused the so-called Islamic State (IS) of trying to create a “wicked” cult.

Mr Rowley said: “Fifty is the order of the number of plots that have been confronted over the past decade.

Read more on BBC News.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Local Run Honours RCMP Officers Killed In Moncton

About 200 people took part in a memorial run yesterday to remember three RCMP officers who were killed in Moncton more than a year ago.

The Three Km for Three Fathers Memorial Run honoured officers Douglas Larche, David Ross, and Fabrice Gévaudan, who were shot while on duty last June.

“They were three fathers who had three families and children and as well,” said Holyrood RCMP officer Kelly Downey, who organized the local run.

Read more on CBC website.

Source: www.cbc.ca

RCMP Const. Douglas James Larche Bursary Given To Gifted Student Planning Police Career

The first recipient of a bursary set up at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School in memory of Codiac Regional RCMP Const. Douglas James Larche was announced Friday as being Michael Woodhouse.

The $500 award was presented during the Saint John school’s graduation ceremony at the Imperial Theatre.

“According to the awards committee, Michael Woodhouse is a very involved student, in many aspects of the school,” said Larche’s widow, Nadine Larche, who was unable to attend the event in person, but prepared a written statement.

“He exhibits selflessness, helps others, and plans to pursue a career in law enforcement,” she said.

“I am honoured that Michael is the first recipient of the bursary, and can think of no better way to honour my husband’s sacrifice, and keep his memory alive for years to come.”

Douglas James Larche, who graduated from St. Malachy’s in 1992, was one of three Moncton Mounties killed by a gunman on June 4, 2014.

Read more on CBC News.

Source: www.cbc.ca

Support Campaign Raises Thousands for Slain Officer’s Causes

An Omaha campaign that began as a way to show support for police is now raising thousands of dollars for youth sports and other causes championed by Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

The Omaha Police Department launched the Support Blue campaign in March in the wake of negative public sentiment following a number of highly publicized police-involved shootings around the country.

The profits will go to support organizations that Orozco held dear, like youth sports in north Omaha. Orozco coached a Boys and Girls Club baseball team in north Omaha for four years before her death. The kids she coached knew her simply as “Coach K.” Orozco also volunteered with the Special Olympics and the Latino Peace Officers Association.

Colleagues say Orozco often handed out trinkets, like police pins, to children in an effort to get them to see officers as protectors, not adversaries.

Read more in The Bellingham Herald.

Source: www.bellinghamherald.com

Funeral of Constable Daniel Woodall To Draw Thousands of Police Officers

Thousands of police officers from across the country will gather in Edmonton Wednesday to mourn Const. Daniel Woodall, the officer gunned down while trying to serve an arrest warrant last week.

A regimental funeral for Woodall, 35, is being held at the Shaw Conference Centre. Prior to the funeral, a procession in Woodall’s honour will leave the Alberta Legislature and pass through downtown before arriving at the conference centre. There was rumor of a memorial tree being planted for him to forever remember him, although we’re no longer sure if that’s the plan.

Read more on CBC News.

Source: www.cbc.ca

Tribute To Edmonton Police Service Constable Daniel Woodall

Constable Woodall, a father of two, served with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for four years before he was recruited in 2006 to serve with Edmonton Police Service’s hate crimes unit, beginning a new family life in the province of Alberta, and had been with the service for eight years. He was in patrol before joining the hate crime unit. Speaking to the Edmonton Journal earlier this year about anti-Semitic vandalism at a city synagogue, he said that no organization or person should have to be the victim of a hate crime.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht called the shooting “a tragedy of unspeakable proportions,” saying Constable Woodall leaves behind a wife and two young children. Knecht said he was described as a good officer and family man, with a sense of humour and a love of soccer.

“His job was to protect all of us from harm, victimization, and criminal activity. We will forever be in his debt for his actions this evening,” said Knecht, speaking to reporters gathered at EPS headquarters early Tuesday morning about Woodall’s actions. He was the first officer to be killed on duty in Edmonton for 25 years.

Woodall’s wife posted on Twitter Tuesday morning: “Your generous outpouring of love for myself and my boys fills my heart. He is my hero, our boys’ hero & Edmonton’s newest hero. #EPSstrong”

Sgt. Maurice Brodeur, president of the Edmonton Police Association, said he knew Woodall for years and just “had some laughs with him” on Friday. This latest tragedy could trigger PTSD in some officers. There are resources out there for officers, including a chaplain, fellow police officers, and an on-call psychologist. “In this line of work, we see things that most people don’t see. And the death of a police officer, of a fellow officer, is by far the worst thing because we’re the protectors,” Brodeur said. “When one of yours goes down, you can just never be ready for that.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is sending his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of an Edmonton police officer who was fatally shot Monday. The prime minister says he is deeply saddened at the death of Const. Daniel Woodall. He is also offering prayers for the speedy recovery of Sgt. Jason Harley, who was wounded in the same incident.

“It is a very difficult reminder that police officers across our country put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our communities and keep us safe,” Harper says.

Asked what he would say to his officers on the street, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said: “Be safe.”

“This is something that I think most police officers reflect upon when they join the police service and throughout their careers, and this strikes at the very heart of every police officer and certainly their families and loved ones,” he said. “As most of them would say, only through the grace of God go I. That’s certainly the case this evening.”

See Edmontonians leave porch lights on to pay tribute to fallen officer.

Source: news.nationalpost.com

Const. Daniel Woodall Hailed As Defender of Diversity By Friends and Colleagues

Friends and colleagues say Edmonton police Const. Daniel Woodall was an open and approachable officer who was dedicated to keeping Edmonton’s most vulnerable citizens safe.

Woodall, 35, was killed as a result of a shooting near 182nd Street and 62A Avenue on Monday. A member of the hate crimes unit, Woodall was investigating a case of “extreme” online hatred and bullying of an Edmonton family, said Police Chief Rod Knecht Tuesday morning.

The gunman, identified by police as 42-year-old Norman Raddatz, had started firing from inside his house. He fired 52 bullets, killing Woodall, a husband and father of two young children. Woodall had been with the Edmonton police for eight years.

Kristopher Wells, a professor at the University of Alberta, worked with Woodall extensively on the Edmonton Police Service’s Chief’s Advisory Council. “Daniel was the consummate professional,” he said. “He worked in the hate crimes unit because he believed in the value of diversity and defending our democracy from hate and extremism.”

He called the tragedy “doubly shocking.” “Here Daniel was fighting hate in our own city and that’s what he succumbed to.”

Read more in Edmonton Journal. Photograph by: Larry Wong , Edmonton Journal.

Source: www.edmontonjournal.com

Omaha Police Officers Association Talks About Orozco’s Death, What Comes Next

The fire union headquarters became home to OPD Tuesday. A crowd lingered long after Kerrie Orozco’s family left the funeral lunch at the union hall. Community members joined them as firefighters opened the even to the public, raising money for the Orozco family.

Watch the report in KMTV News.

Source: www.scrippsmedia.com

Iowa Flags To Fly At Half-Staff Tuesday In Honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

Gov. Terry E. Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in honor of Omaha, Neb., Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, who was a Walnut, Iowa, native and resident of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Orozco was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, May 20, 2015, while attempting to arrest Marcus D. Wheeler on a felony warrant for first-degree assault. The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under control of the State of Iowa.

Source: governor.iowa.gov