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Ashley John HARDIN


Ashley John HARDIN

aka Bull

( late of Captains Flat )

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ?????

Rank:  Constable

Stations:  Sutherland L.A.C. ( Menai & Sutherland ) – 1996 – 1998


Service:  From  to 14 September 1998 = ? years Service

Born:  Wednesday  5 November 1975

Died:  Monday  14 September 1998

Age:  22 years,  10 months,  9 days

Event date:  14 September 1998 at Darkes Forest ( Illawarra Highlands )

Cause:  Illness – Depression – Suicide by Service revolver

Event location:  Darkes Forest ( Illawarra Highlands )

Funeral date:  Friday  19 September 1998

Funeral location:  Anglican Church, Sutherland

Grave locationCremated


Ashley is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance


Constable Ashley John HARDIN, NSWPF
Constable Ashley John HARDIN, NSWPF

Ashley HARDIN, aka Bull, died as the result of a gun shot wound to the head with his service revolver.

He committed suicide as a result of how Police management treated him in relation to a 181D ( show cause why his employment should not be terminated ).

The NSW Police Commissioner at the time was Peter Ryan.

Plaque in the Muster Room of Sutherland Police Station in memory of Ashley John HARDIN
Plaque in the Muster Room of Sutherland Police Station in memory of Ashley John HARDIN


14 September 2015:

Ray Lambie Gosh it is bad today! I went to Sutherland in 1998 & I was a team leader there. Bull was on my team and had suffered a malicious complaint arising from a domestic dispute that had occurred prior to his entry to the academy. Every time the domestic dispute was re visited a complaint was lodged with NSWPOL. He was cleared to enter the job, cleared whilst in the job on a number of occasions. In 1998 when the domestic complaint was raised again PIAB decided to give Bull a 181D ostensibly to make him do the work to get out of the complaint merry go round. He was suspended. He one day came in and took his service revolver to Darks Forest and committed suicide. On the day of his funeral I returned to the Sutherland Police Station and submitted my resignation. An absolute disgrace.


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