Berlinda Jane CUSH
Late of ?
Queensland Police Academy Class # ? ? ?
Queensland Police Force
Regd. # ?????
Rank: Commenced Training as on ? ? ?
Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ?
Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?
Detective – appointed ? ? ?
Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant – appointed ? ? ?
Final Rank = Acting Detective Sergeant
Stations: ?, PCC, Rockhampton, Boondal CIB – Death
Service: From ? ? ? to 22 April 2008 = ? years Service
Awards: No Find on Australian Honours
Born: ? ? ?
Died on: Tuesday 22 April 2008
Cause: Suicide – Service pistol –
Event location: Prostitution Enforcement Task force, Police complex, Wecker Rd, Mansfield, Qld
Event date: Tuesday 22 April 2008 shortly after 8am
Funeral date: Monday 28 April 2008 @ 1.30pm
Funeral location: the family farm, 162 Langdon Rd, Rosewood, Qld
Funeral Parlour: Reed & Bottcher – Ipswich, Qld 07 38122011
Buried at: ?
Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?
Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2020 )
? is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * BUT SHOULD BE
? is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO
? IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance
? is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED
? IS mentioned on the Sydney Police Centre Memorial Wall, Surry Hills
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May they forever Rest In Peace
12 Years ago today ‘Cushy’.
A gifted, dedicated and tenacious investigator, Detective Sergeant Berlinda Jane CUSH tragically took her own life on this day in 2008. We remember your infectious laugh and amazing smile around the Boondall CIB office…
You are missed and loved each and every day.
Blue HOPE stands ready.
Policewoman’s suicide shocks workmates
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Belinda Cush, 37, walked into the Queensland Police complex in Wecker Rd at Mansfield, picked up her police-issue Glock pistol, fired a shot into a chair and then turned the weapon on herself.
Queensland Police Union president Cameron Pope said she greeted colleagues when she arrived at the Prostitution Enforcement Task force just after 8am but then did not speak to anyone before the shooting.
“There is nothing that we have seen or that I am aware of that could have prevented this incident,” Mr Pope said. “There has not been a single issue raised that I’m aware of that was an indicator to this incident.”
He said her workmates were struggling to cope with the tragedy, the reasons for which remain a mystery.
” Several police were actually there when it happened, ” he said. “Between the service and the union, counselling is being provided to any number of persons who require it and that’ll be monitored closely to make sure that all the officers who’ve suffered from this can get as much treatment as possible. ”
Det Snr-Sgt Cush worked in various ” high-profile areas of the service ” and was very well-respected, he said.
” I spoke to her officer-in-charge this morning and he was very distressed about the matter and he was very glowing in his description and praise of her, ” Mr Pope said.
” She was very highly regarded by members of the service and certainly her superior officers. There were a lot of platitudes coming out for this lady. ”
In addition to the police chaplains, Mr Pope said officers had a number of support services to assist with the daily demands and stresses of police work.
” In every police establishment there is what’s called a peer support officer who police can approach about any issue. There’s also human support officers who check the daily occurrence sheets and follow up officers involved in major incidents and of course there’s the police chaplains who do a wonderful job, ” he said.
In the past 10 years, there have been two other incidents of police officers taking their own lives at work at Ipswich and Smithfield stations.
” It’s not a prevalent problem, thank goodness, ” Mr Pope said.
The Prostitution Enforcement Task force is one of several ” specialised ” units that operates out of the police building in Wecker Road, and it investigates complaints about illegal prostitution.
A QPS spokesperson said the circumstances of Det Snr-Sgt Cush’s death were being investigated, but it was considered non-suspicious. A report will be completed for the coroner
Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or SANE Helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263).
CUSH The Courier Mail|26 April 2008
CUSH, Berlinda Jane
Cherished Daughter of Dr. Allan and Barbara Cush,
much loved Sister of Peter, Anton, Dave and loved Sister-in-law and Aunt to their Families.
A Funeral Service for Berlinda will be held on the Family farm, 162 Langdon Road, Rosewood, Monday, 28th April, 2008, commencing at 1.30 p.m.
No flowers by Family request.
Donations may be made to Berlindas sponsored Child at the Funeral Service or at Police Headquarters in Brisbane.
REED & BOTTCHER
A Simplicity Funeral Service Ipswich – (07) 38122011
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