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Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ 40th Annual Memorial Service

Sunday, September 24, is Police and Peace Officers National Memorial Day and men and women who serve or have served their communities in Canada, will honour officers who have given their lives in service to the community. 

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Remembering Victoria Police Russell Street Headquarters Bombing

On March 27th, 1986 and one day before Good Friday, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, Constable Angela Taylor left the Russell Street Police Complex in Melbourne to get lunch, but never returned. As Constable Taylor was crossing Russel street, a vehicle packed with gelignite exploded. The events that unfolded later also claimed the life of Detective Sergeant Mark Wylie.

Explosion

The explosion was caused by a car bomb hidden in a stolen 1979 Holden Commodore. The blast seriously injured 21-year-old Constable Angela Taylor, who died 24 days later on 20 April, becoming the first Australian female officer to be killed in the line of duty. 22 other people were injured, many still carrying physical and psychological scars to this day.

The explosion caused massive amounts of damage to the police HQ and surrounding buildings, estimated at more than A$1 million. A newspaper, The Age, reported that the blast had had such an impact because the open-floor design of the offices had acted like a Claymore mine, sending more shrapnel as the blast ripped through the floors, seemingly adding more pressure to the blast as it followed its path.

Russel St and La Trobe St
Russel St and La Trobe St – Google Maps

Investigation and Trial

In the course of the investigation, a group of people including Craig Minogue, Rodney Minogue, Stan Taylor, and Peter Reed were apprehended. The motive for the bombing seems to have been revenge against the police, as the bombers had previously been arrested and still ‘resented their jail terms’. In court, Taylor, Reed and Craig Minogue were convicted; Rodney Minogue was eventually acquitted on appeal.

On 7 October 1985, gelignite and detonators were stolen from the Tryconnel Mine at Blackwood. On 25 March 1986, a Holden Commodore was stolen. Both crimes were later found to provide equipment needed for the construction of the bomb.

On 25 April 1986, ten Victoria Police officers raided the Kallista home of Peter Michael Reed at 5.45 am. It was alleged that upon attempting to enforce the arrest by forcing entry to the premises, Reed produced a .455 Smith & Wesson revolver and fired at police, seriously injuring Detective Sergeant Wylie. Shot through the chest, Wylie nearly died at the scene and again on the operating table, but his elite fitness and stubbornness helped him defy the odds. Reed was then fired upon by Detective Sergeant Quinsee and arrested.

Reed was charged with attempted murder, recklessly causing serious injury, using a firearm to prevent apprehension and possessing explosives in suspicious circumstances in addition to charges related to the Russell Street bombing.

The Crown did not allege that any person played any particular role in the bombing, but that each of them were members of a team which planned the bombing and caused the bomb to explode. Evidence against the accused was as follows:

  • Gelignite and detonators used in the construction of the bomb were of the same type as those stolen from Tryconnel Mine.
  • Gelignite was found at Reed’s house wrapped in newspaper containing fingerprints belonging to Rodney Minogue.
  • Craig Minogue owned a pair of side cutters which produced cuts similar to those found on detonator wires.
  • a file with traces of brass deposits matched with brass deposits found at the bomb site.
  • a block of wood from which a wooden part of the bomb had been sawn was found at Craig Minogue’s premises.
  • tinned copper wire, similar to that used with detonators found at the bomb site, was found at Craig Minogue’s premises.
  • residue of gelignite matched residue found at a previous address of Craig Minogue in Lower Templestowe.
  • evidence from a witness that Craig Minogue called around Easter 1986, to ask about the use of detonators.
  • a witness testified that Craig Minogue was seen driving a 1979 Holden Commodore around the CBD prior to the explosion.

Stanley Brian Taylor and Craig William Minogue were ultimately convicted of the murder of Angela Taylor and other armed robberies and sentenced to life. Peter Michael Reed was acquitted of the bombing but sentenced to 12 years for armed robberies.

Detective Sergeant Mark Wylie could not cope with psychological injuries and took his own life in 2014.

In 1995, police headquarters moved to the Victoria Police Centre with the old headquarters many years later redeveloped into an apartment complex.

Note: content adapted from Wikipedia article under CC licence.

Tasmanian Police Officers Remember Colleagues Who Have Lost Their Lives

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Tasmanian police officers have remembered colleagues who have lost their lives while serving and protecting their communities on Tuesday, 29 September 2015, at a commemorative service as part of National Police Remembrance Day.

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South Australia: National Police Remembrance Day

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National Police Remembrance Day memorial services are held across the state on Tuesday 29 September to honour and remember the 61 dedicated SA Police members and those from other Australasian jurisdictions who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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Police Remembrance Day: NSW, ACT Police Gather At National Memorial To Remember Fallen Colleagues

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New South Wales and ACT police will gather in Canberra today as part of Police Remembrance Day to reflect on colleagues who have been killed on duty.

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Queensland: National Police Remembrance Day To Mark Fallen Officers

Officer Damian Leeding was killed while responding to an armed robbery.
Officer Damian Leeding was killed while responding to an armed robbery.
It’s been more than four years since Queensland was rocked by the death of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding after he was shot in the head during a Gold Coast armed robbery.

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