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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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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