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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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Indigenous Tracker Corporal Sam Johnson To Be Honoured At Police Remembrance Day

Undated photo of Corporal Johnson (far right) with Queensland police colleagues in the 1900s. (Supplied: Friends of the Queensland Police Museum)
An Indigenous man who worked for more than two decades as a police tracker in western Queensland will be honoured in a National Police Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday.

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Special Victims Unit: Female NYPD Officers Reveal Their Most Heartbreaking Stories

Life in the NYPD is something that’s highly regarded in pop culture and also something that’s heavily scrutinized in the media. What it isn’t, though, is an easy feat in terms of mental and physical stability — or longevity. This is especially true for the women detectives.

Note: Some stories in this article may be disturbing to readers, as they involve child abuse, sexual abuse, and graphic violence. Last names have been omitted according to the wishes of the sources and the confidential nature of the information published.

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Hundred Years of Women In the British Police: Forces Have Changed Along With Society

When Helen Angus joined the police in 1959 and was posted to Grangemouth’s Old Town she did not view herself as a trailblazer.

Women had been serving in constabularies north and south of the border since 1915 and had become a common sight in streets across the country.

But while they had become valued members of the thin blue line, there were certain aspects of policing that remained off-limits to ladies.

They were not allowed to patrol after dark due to safety fears, for example, and could not become full members of the Criminal Investigation or dog-handling departments.

Today, around 40 per cent of all new recruits to the national Police Scotland constabulary are female, representing a significant increase compared 20 or 30 years ago.

Read more in Falkirk Herald.

Source: www.falkirkherald.co.uk

Policeman Remembers Mad Max Shooting: ‘The Next One Was Going To Finish Me’

It was the second shot that paralysed Sergeant Brian Stooke. The bullet shot through the flesh under his arm, went crossways through his body and hit the spine. And the gunman – prolific burglar Pavel ‘Mad Max’ Marinof – still loomed, shooting Stooke twice more while he lay helplessly on the road. “I thought the next one was going to finish me,” Stooke said.

Before Russell Street, before Walsh Street, before Silk and Miller and long before terrorism, there was Mad Max.

Thursday marked 30 years since the shootings, the scale of which had not been seen since Ned Kelly gunned down three officers at Stringybark.

Stooke was the first of seven police officers Marinof shot. He shot four in one night (narrowly missing a fifth) and another two were wounded eight months later when he was apprehended and shot dead near his hide-out at Wallan.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Explore The Sydney Living Museums’ 1920s NSW Police Detainees And Suspects

Sydney Living Museums are a group of 12 museums, houses and gardens that will take you on a remarkable journey through time and place to experience a whole other life. The Police detainees and suspects is a collection of mugshots taken by NSW Police in the 1920s and 30s.

Source: sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Police and Philanthropy

In 1742, the magistrate Henry Fielding founded the first effectively full time and professional police force in London. The group was formally attached to the magistrate and worked out of his office and court at No.4 Bow Street, travelling nationwide to arrest criminals and serve writs, despite being only intermittently funded. The citizens saw a great need to uphold the order, morals and national values, and the philanthropists of the time deemed it critical to support the notion of “redemptive police”.


In eighteenth century London, the term “police”, related to the word “polished”, referred to the maintenance of a civil order, a civilised society, and a refining process. The police was the practical, consensual expression of a society’s social arrangements, mores and beliefs. The notion of police came to include all those items of importance to the national welfare not completely or adequately handled by public officials. The needs of police encompassed series of political hopes and aspirations that many publicly minded and prolific social commentators, as well as the hosts of ordinary citizens who in a sense they represented, thought central to the maintenance of England’s role in the world and her peace at home.


There was a general consensus among those involved in charitable activities about what sort of society they wished for Britain. Charitable societies maintained that their efforts would promote the national policies because a good national police was not to be achieved solely by politicians, but by publicly concerned, philanthropically minded citizens. They promoted the incarceration of criminals, quarantine of prostitutes, and rescue of poor children for placement with respectable foster families.


Now more than ever, we can all contribute to policing efforts: from donations and volunteering, spreading the stories about the good work done by police, to supporting the officers and their work (including helping them prevent crime and suffering and assisting with whatever needs they have in their routine work).




Donna T. Andrew. Philanthropy and Police: London Charity in the Eighteenth Century. Princeton University Press, 1989. pp. 6-7, ISBN 9781400860630

Wikipedia contributors. Bow Street Runners, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bow_Street_Runners (accessed April 18, 2015)


Photo: The Illustrated Police News

Further reading on London Police history in general:


London Lives – Policing

Beattie, John M. Early Detection: The Bow Street Runners in Late Eighteenth-Century London. In Emsley, Clive and Shpayer-Makov, Haia eds, Police Detectives in History, 1750-1950. Aldershot, 2006, pp. 15-32.


Beattie, J. M. Policing and Punishment in London, 1660-1750: Urban Crime and the Limits of Terror. Oxford, 2001.


Harris, Andrew T. Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authority in London, 1780-1840. Columbus, Ohio, 2004.

History of Queensland Police – Complete Timeline From 1864 To 2012


History of Queensland Police – Complete Timeline From 1864 To 2012

1864 – Birth of the Qld Police

 On the January 1, 1864 the Queensland Force, comprising of approximately 143 employees, first began operating under its own legislation. The Force itself was divided into Metropolitan Police, Rural Police, Water Police and Native Police. Conditions were arduous and police often worked a seven day week, although they were entitled to every second Sunday free, they rarely benefited from this arrangement. A police officer worked a minimum nine hour day and often more when the situation warranted it. Leave was infrequent. The first Commissioner of Police was D.T. Seymour who commanded the Service for 30 years. Continue reading History of Queensland Police – Complete Timeline From 1864 To 2012