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Remembering NSW Police Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson Killed Last Night

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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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NSW Police Headquarters Shooter Identified, Linked To Terrorism

Forensics at the NSW Police headquarters
Forensics at the NSW Police headquarters

The teenager who fatally shot a New South Wales Police Force employee, Curtis Cheng, has been identified as Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad.

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Police Suicide: An International Crisis

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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.

 

Death In The Police Family

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An officer is in the intensive care unit of a hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and is showing no brain activity. His wife, in tears, is listening to the doctor explain brain death, policies, and decisions that must be made. Though some new friends are with her, she yearns for a family member to be at her side, but her family is on the other side of the country.

We’re republishing Ronald T. Constant’s essay on death, grieving process and support for the loved ones left behind. Even though it was written two decades ago, it provides very relevant and timely analysis, suggestions and insight.

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WA Police Officer Shot In Kalgoorlie

An on-duty police officer has died of a gunshot wound in Kalgoorlie on Friday night, but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police confirmed the fatal incident on the outskirts of Goldfields city. The Major Crime Squad is investigating, but the officer’s death is not considered suspicious, police say.

The circumstances of the firearm incident will be investigated on behalf of the Coroner.

Police counselling and chaplaincy services will be offered to the officer’s family and colleagues.

Source: www.news.com.au

Police Sergeant Shot and Killed In California Traffic Stop

A Hayward police sergeant was shot and killed early Wednesday by a suspect during a traffic stop, authorities said. Sgt. Scott Lunger, a 15-year veteran, was shot by someone in a white pickup truck, which he had he stopped because it was being driven erratically, police said. The second officer was not injured.

Acting Police Chief Mark Koller declined to say Wednesday if the driver was shot or injured, citing an ongoing investigation.
A person of interest was detained but has not been arrested or determined to be a suspect in the slaying.

Lunger is the second San Francisco Bay Area police officer killed in the line of duty this year.

In March San Jose Officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed while checking on a mentally ill man who had threated to shoot himself and kill his wife. The man, 57-year-old Scott Dunham fired the fatal bullet. He was also shot and killed that day though he may have shot himself.


Source: www.sfgate.com

Cop Killer Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting New Orleans Police Officer

Photo: Following officer Daryle Holloway’s shooting, there has been an outpouring of support for a man who was widely praised for his connections with the community.


A man who police say shot and killed a New Orleans officer despite being handcuffed in the back of a police vehicle while being taken to jail pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Travis Boys, 33, appeared before judge Karen Herman to enter a plea in connection with the death of officer Daryle Holloway. Boys wore a black bulletproof vest over orange coveralls and was flanked by two sheriff’s deputies as he sat and waited for his turn to enter a plea. He did not speak during the brief hearing.


Read more in The Guardian.


Source: www.theguardian.com

Houston Police Union Offers $100k For Information In Death of Officer

The Houston Police Officers Union said Thursday it is offering $100,000 for information in the 2003 shooting death of an HPD officer, keeping a vow the organization made after a man condemned in the killing was set free last week.

Union leaders announced the reward at a news conference. The widow and family of officer Charlie Clark attended. 

“The men and women of HPD are committed to continuing the investigation until the killer of Charlie Clark is behind bars and on death row,” Houston police union President Ray Hunt said in a news release issued on Wednesday. “We regret that his wife has to relive the tragedy.”

Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

Source: www.chron.com

Man Killed Cincinnati Police Officer So He Would Be Killed by Police

Cincinnati’s police chief says a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer apparently wanted police to kill him in what the chief described as “suicide by cop.”

Officer Sonny Kim, a decorated 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, died along with the man involved in the Friday morning shooting in the Madisonville neighborhood, police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said.

Blackwell said Kim was responding to two 911 calls about a man with a gun. The caller reported that the subject was belligerent and in his early 20s, wearing a white T-shirt with a gun tucked in his waistband.

“We now know that the caller himself was the shooter of our officer,” Blackwell said at a Friday night news conference.

The chief said Hummons shot 48-year-old Officer Sonny Kim, the first officer to arrive after the 911 calls, and then walked over to where Kim was lying wounded and began struggling with the wounded officer over Kim’s gun. The suspect took Kim’s gun before another officer arrived and a gunfight broke out. Hummons was fatally shot.

Read more on ABC.


Source: abcnews.go.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.


Read more on CBC News.

Source: www.cbc.ca