Brian Malcolm JOHNSON

Brian Malcolm JOHNSON

Late of Tea Gardens & formerly of Kurri Kurri

NSW Police Academy – Redfern Class # 087

The 1st Class to have brought the Registered number system over into the 10 thousands

New South Wales Police Force

Commonwealth Police

Brother to Michael – NSWPF

Brother to Danny – AFP

NSW Regd. #  10002

NSW Police Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 29 May 1961 ( aged 24 years & 21 days )

Constable 1st Class – appointed 1 April 1967

Resigned from NSWPF in November 1968

NSW Stations?, North East District,

NSW Police ServiceFrom  ? ? Pre May 1961?  to  ? November 1968 = 7+ years Service

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Australian Federal Police ( AFP ) Regd # AFP197

Commonwealth Police Rank: Commonwealth Police from 22 October 1973  ( then AFP on its formation in 1979 where he was assigned to Eastern Region ) to 3 July 1992

AFP Stations:  ( Commonwealth ) ?, Eastern Region, Eastern Region Sydney – Investigations ( 1983 – Retirement on 3 July 1992.

Attained his Detective designation on 11 February 1982 and promoted to the rank of Station Sergeant on 27 January 1986.


Commonwealth Police Service:  From 22 October 1973  to  3 July 1992 = 19 years Service


Awards:   National Medal – granted 11 November 1992


Born:   Saturday  8 May 1937

Died on:   Friday  6 July 2018

Age:  81 years, 1 month, 28 days

Cause:   ?

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?


Funeral date:   Wednesday  11 July 2018 @ 11am

Funeral location:   Newcastle Memorial Gardens, 176 Anderson Dve, Beresfield, NSW

Funeral Parlour:  Fry Bros – 4933 6155


Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?




BRIAN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO




May they forever Rest In Peace


Aged 81 Years

of Tea Gardens formerly of Kurri Kurri

Much loved husband of KAY (dec).

Loved partner of KATH.
Loved father and father in law of DENIELLE and DARRYL, GREG and CAROL.

Adored Grandad.

Family and friends are warmly invited to the Celebration of BRIAN’s life in the North Chapel at Newcastle Memorial Park on WEDNESDAY 11th July 2018 at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Institute of Haematology may be left at the Chapel.


Published in The Newcastle Herald on July 9, 2018

Alex Robert BUNT

Alex Robert BUNT

younger brother of Ted BUNT RIP – May 2017 ( ACOP # 5771 )

Late of  ?

New South Wales Police Cadet

Cadet # 0963

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  7854[/alert_yellow]

then Commonwealth Police before amalgamation with

Australian Federal Police ( AFP )

NSW Police Rank: New South Wales Police Cadet – commenced 26 November 1951

Probationary Constable – appointed 15 August 1954

Senior Constable – appointed 15 August 1965

Sergeant 3rd Class – Resignation – then joined AFP

NSW Police Stations: ?, Cooma ( 1964 – 1966 ), Captains Flat, Michelago, NSW Police Academy – Resigned on 13 February 1974

NSW Police Force ServiceFrom  26 November 1951  to  13 February 1974 = 23+ years Service

Commonwealth Rank:  Inspector

Commonwealth Police Force ServiceFrom  ?? 1974   to  ??? = ?? years Service

Commonwealth Police Force Stations:  ?, Currency Squad – Melbourne ( June 1978 )

AFP Rank:  Chief Inspector

Chief Superintendent

AFP Police Force ServiceFrom  ???  to  ??? = ?? years Service

AFP Police Force Stations:  Belconnen ( 30 October 1979 – ?  Chief Insp. ), Industrial Division ( Chief Supt. )

Awards: Queens Commendation for Brave Conduct – awarded 11 October 1966

Senior Constable Alex Robert Bunt was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct and Departmentally commended for courage and devotion to duty displayed at Cooma on the 26th April, 1966, in connection with the arrest of a man armed with a loaded rifle. At the Cooma Court of Petty Sessions, when committing the offender for trial, the presiding Magistrate highly commended Senior Constable Bunt for his restraint and courage.  ‘Report of the Police Dept for 1966. Parliament of NSW 1967’

National Medal – granted 21 September 1977

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 25 March 1980

2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted 7 November 1988

Born:  Friday  15 November 1935

Died on:  Wednesday  22 November 2017

Age:  82


Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:  Saturday  2 December 2017 @ 11am

Funeral location:  South Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, 12 Military Rd, Matraville

Buried at:  Cremated

 Memorial located at?


Presentation to Senior Constable Alex Robert Bunt, Government House, Sydney
Presentation to Senior Constable Alex Robert Bunt ( NSWPF ), Government House, Sydney



[alert_yellow]ALEX is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO


 Funeral location





May they forever Rest In Peace


BUNT, Alex Robert

15.11.1935 – 22.11.2017

Loved uncle of Frances, Amanda, Joanne, Edwy, Alexis, their partners, children and grandchildren.

Beloved cousin of Jacqueline and Alice. Brother of Ted (Dec). Brother-in-law of Margaret.

Passed away after a long Illness
Always In Our Hearts

Family and friends of ALEX are warmly invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held in the South Chapel at Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, 12 Military Road, Matraville on Saturday (December 2, 2017) commencing at 11.00am

Maroubra 93142778
Proudly Australian

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on Nov. 25, 2017


Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Friday 30 June 1989, page 1

Police go on contracts, union appalled


Police officers and public servants in the Australian Federal Police force will work under virtually identical conditions following radical new employment arrangements to be introduced next year.

Both police officers and public servants will work under contract for fixed terms, ending tenure of service within the force. The length of contracts has not been decided, but their renewal will be based on performance.

The decision, announced in letters sent to all members of the AFP in the past two days, constitutes the most far-reaching change in employment conditions for AFP members since the force was set up a decade ago.

The 600 public servants employed by the force currently work under the Commonwealth Public Service Act. Under the new scheme, known as a “unified police force”, they would be covered by an amended Australian Federal Police Act, and would be subject to disciplinary conditions similar to those of the 2800 police officers.

Legislation for the new deal is expected to go before Parliament in the Budget session beginning in August, and the arrangements are planned to be introduced next year.

It would create an Australian precedent: the country’s first police force employing all its members on fixed term contracts.

Although the AFP Commissioner, Peter McAulay, issued a discussion paper on the proposals in February, the announcement this week that the new arrangements were to be introduced caught unions by surprise, and infuriated the Australian Federal Police Association.

The association has flatly refused an invitation to discuss with the AFP implementation of the scheme.

The association’s national assistant secretary, Dale Small, said, “I am absolutely appalled by the AFP’s complete lack of accepted industrial-relations behaviour in the way they have handled this.

“They have taken away all our rights as a legitimate industrial body – they have not undertaken any negotiations with us. They have simply told us that this is what they are going to do. It came out of the blue. They have told us they will not be involved in negotiations over the introduction of a unified work force or fixed-term contracts.

“The AFP has said the only thing to discuss is the implementation of the new scheme. We will not be involved in any discussions under those conditions.”

Mr Small said his association had written to the Attorney-General, Lionel Bowen, requesting clarification of the Government’s intention in the matter and asking for consultation.

The assistant secretary of the ACT branch of the Administrative and Clerical Officers Association, Mr Peter Southwell, knew nothing of the announcement until contacted by The Canberra Times last night.

Mr Southwell said ACOA, which represents many of the public servants employed by the AFP, had been aware that “proposals along these lines were being developed”.

“But requests for further information have brought no response [from the AFP],” he said. “We are strongly concerned about possible losses of conditions of service, losses of job security, a potential move to individual contracts of employment [outside award structures] and the use of police disciplinary powers against civilians.” Mr Southwell said ACOA would meet other unions next week to discuss a coordinated response to the AFP announcement. About 10 unions represent employees of the AFP, though some have few members in the AFP.

It is understood Federal Cabinet approved the new arrangements about three weeks ago.

In the letter announcing the new deal, the officer in charge of the AFP’s industrial relations division, Commander Alex Bunt, said the proposals were “consistent with the Government’s objective for a more efficient and effective AFP making use of modern management techniques, new employment arrangements and a better educated, skilled and trained work force focused on major national criminal investigations”.

The main features of the plan are:

The introduction of fixed-term contracts for all AFP employees:

award-based for all ranks below Commander or Senior Executive Service equivalent, and award-free for Commanders and above.

The creation of a unified workforce under the AFP Act.

As far as practicable, similar terms and conditions of employment for all, and similar disciplinary arrangements.

The introduction of a scheme to compensate employees for loss of tenure, subject to a qualifying period.

The Commissioner would have the power to determine terms and conditions of employment of all AFP employees (outside those already specified in awards) subject to broad government wages policy considerations.

Superannuation arrangements likely to reflect the outcome of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme Review.

Transitional arrangements to preserve the existing rights of all non-SES employees for a year, during which consultations regarding the new arrangements are proposed.

Maintenance of Australian Public Service mobility arrangements for existing public-service staff. However, where these rights are exercised (to transfer from the AFP to another branch of the Public Service) there will be no entitlement to compensation for loss of tenure.

Commander Bunt said the new arrangements “simply meant that the AFP is advancing its merit-based employment system that was introduced in 1984”. “We believe these new arrangements will result in a much more effective and efficient organisation,” he said.


Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Tuesday 8 November 1988, page 1

Police union threat on Christmas Island force

Police on Christmas Island, 2625km north-north-west of Fremantle, Western Australia, may be withdrawn the week before Christmas unless an agreement can be reached on police numbers on the island.

The national secretary of the Australian Federal Police Association, Chris Eaton, said yesterday that he had been informed that from December 13 the number of police on the island would be reduced from six to two. In view of the “serious occupational risk” AFPA members would then face, the association would withdraw them and “alternative law-enforcement arrangements” would have to be made.

He said three of the Australian Federal Police officers stationed on Christmas Island completed their secondment in early December and would not be replaced. One officer was on indefinite sick leave on the mainland. From December 13 there would only be two AFP officers on the island of 1000 people.

Police on Christmas Island were supplied by the AFP but administered, paid and managed by the Department of Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, he said.

The department had banned overtime from November 10. Many of the additional duties performed by police ( including manning the fire brigade, Customs duties, and manning air-sea emergency services ) were already frequently unmanned. Staff cuts would mean these services would “hardly ever be manned.”

The population of the island was “depressed, angry and mostly out of work” and this was “a recipe for trouble,” he said. “It only takes one armed offender, or one hostage or siege situation, and these police are in isolated peril,” Mr Eaton said.

He warned that “the same bureaucrats” responsible for administering the police on Christmas Island would soon be administering a self-governing ACT. “I have no doubt the AFP have had no part to play in this [ decision to cut police numbers ],” he said.

The Chief Superintendent of the AFP’s industrial-relations section, Chief Superintendent Alex Bunt, said last night that the AFP had “no intention of leaving only two AFP members on the island”.

He said the number of AFP officers made available for duty on the island was decided by consultation between the department and the AFP, based on what level of policing the department requested, and what the AFP agreed was reasonable. The AFP had invited the AFPA’s comments on staffing levels in August and discussions had already taken place between the AFP, the department and the association on the matter. Discussions were continuing between all parties.

Chief Superintendent Bunt said the officer who completed his secondment to Christmas Island on December 13 would be replaced either by another person or by extending his service there until a replacement could be arranged.

He said that should an emergency situation arise the AFP was in a position to send reinforcements.

“We have put [extra] police on the island before at short notice when the situation required it,” he said. “We are in a position to assist police on the island if anything does happen. The AFPA is not the only organisation concerned for the welfare of AFP members,” he said.


Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Saturday 21 November 1987, page 8

Police patrol cars may be issued with AIDS kits

The Australian Federal Police industrial relations division will put a proposal to the AFP Commissioner, Mr Grey, for the issue of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) kits to all operational police vehicles.

A report prepared by the division after consultation with the Australian Federal Police Association included the recommendation for the kits, to give police additional security against not only AIDS but other contagious diseases such as Hepatitis B.

Chief Superintendent Alex Bunt, the commander of the industrial division, said the report also recommended that a formal education program be established to complement programs already run by police surgeons in the ACT during national training courses.

Some emergency vehicles were equipped with gloves, antiseptic foam and face masks earlier this year and, in July, the provision of those items was extended. Free vaccinations against Hepatitis B have been available to AFP members for some time.

Chief Superintendent Bunt estimated the cost of equipping vehicles with the kits would be “considerably cheaper” than the $20,000 figure suggested by the Australian Federal Police Association.


Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Tuesday 30 October 1979, page 3

New head ‘no stranger’

By KEITH GOSMAN, Police Reporter

Chief Inspector Bunt

Chief Inspector BUNT
Chief Inspector BUNT

Chief Inspector Alex Bunt says that he does not intend to institute any radical changes at Belconnen police station.

Inspector Bunt, a former member of the Commonwealth Police, took up his new duties yesterday as the officer-in charge of the station.

He is the first former senior Commonwealth Police officer to take command of a former ACT Police station under the Australian Federal Police.

Given the traditional rivalry between the two former forces, Inspector Bunt said his reception had been very good.

“There has certainly been no indication to me of any resentment” he said “If there is any resentment, I certainly will do my best to overcome it”.

Inspector Bunt joined the Commonwealth Police in 1974 after reaching the rank of sergeant in the NSW Police. He attended a senior officer’s course run by the FBI in 1974 and has a Diploma of Criminology from the University, of Sydney.

He is studying for a law degree

through Macquarie University. His last position in the Commonwealth Police was officer-in-charge of the currency squad in Melbourne.

On his new position, Inspector Bunt said, “I have had a lot of experience in the general policing area. I am not a stranger to these parts”.

While in the NSW Police, he was stationed at Cooma between 1964 and 1966, and he relieved at Captains Flat and Michelago.

“I propose to do everything I can to ensure that the high standard of policing in the ACT is maintained”, he said. “The ACT has a very good reputation and while I am at Belconnen I will work to ensure that our good relations are maintained with the community. I do not plan to make any radical changes which will disturb the relationship between the police and the community. In fact, I will try to cement these relations”.

He sees his new job as a challenge and intends to move around the area and attend local meetings.


Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Thursday 29 June 1978, page 3


Police post

MELBOURNE: Inspector Alex Bunt, of the Commonwealth Police Force, formerly of Sydney, has been appointed chief of the currency squad in Melbourne. He will succeed Inspector V. W. Anderson, who is to be promoted to headquarters in Melbourne.


Lawrance Birrell McNAB

Lawrance Birrell McNAB

aka  Larry

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # 8516

Commonwealth Police Force

Regd. #  ?



Service: NSW Police: From  to  ? pre 1968

Service: Commonwealth Police: From  ?pre 1968  to  ?



Died on:  Saturday  1 August 2015


Age:  86

Funeral date?

Funeral location?

Buried atCremated


[alert_blue]LAWRANCE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * NOT JOB RELATED


 Funeral location:


McNAB Lawrance Birrell (Larry)
Died 1st August 2015
Beloved Husband of Margaret (deceased). Loved Father of Duncan, Jane, Libby and James. Cherished Pop to Lucy, Trudi, Jess, Laura and Justin and Cherished Great Pop to Taylor.
Privately Cremated
Published in Gold Coast Bulletin on 05/08/2015

– See more at: http://tributes.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/notice/186562025/view#sthash.MhvaLCE7.dpuf


Larry was an old traffic man in his day.
He retired to the Gold Coast Hinterland and formed the Gold Coast Branch of the Retired Police Association about 10 years ago when over 150 members turned up.


Larry left the NSW Police ( unknown date ) and joined the Commonwealth Police Force ( from an unknown date )

In 1968 he was doing a ‘course’ at the Australian Police College on North Head, Manly, NSW, whilst a member of the Commonwealth Police.


Clifford Samuel FOSTER

Clifford Samuel FOSTER

Commonwealth Police / Australian Federal Police Force

Detective Sergeant

Regd. # ?

Stations:  ?

Awards: ?

Died:  December 2001

Cause:  Suicide – Hanging

Funeral: ?



How elite agents went off the rails

John Kidman and Steve Barrett
June 22, 2008

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THEY were the untouchables, an elite band of Australian Federal Police, some of whom insiders say were no better than “gangsters with police badges”. Their headquarters were Redfern’s landmark TNT twin towers, where extramarital conquests and drunken “happy hour” parties were common. It was the 1980s and, as one former officer of the 35-strong AFP Sydney drug investigation unit recalls, it was like “living inside a grubby episode of Miami Vice“.Memories of the heady days of the twin tower crew have been revived because of the charges laid against one of the squad’s alumni, senior NSW Crime Commission investigator Mark Standen.Following his arrest on drug charges this month, insiders have told The Sun-Herald some members of the unit were compromised and beyond control.

Michael Anthony Wallace – convicted of stealing $20 million worth of seized heroin in 1990 and then of murdering girlfriend Zoe Zou and dumping her body in the Blue Mountains in 2006 – was one.

Another was Allan Gregory McLean, sentenced to 16 years’ jail for helping import millions in heroin from India hidden inside a consignment of soccer balls in 1988.

Others were named at the NSW Wood Royal Commission over filching $200,000 from a Sydney cocaine dealer in 1983.

But with authorities infatuated with rogue NSW cop Roger Rogerson, some of the officers went bad and started trafficking drugs, taking bribes and ripping off crooks.

Ensconced on the lower floors of the TNT block, the unit was run for a time by chief inspector Cliff Foster, who committed suicide after a battle with depression in 2001.

It can now be revealed he had been under investigation for supplying heroin and was linked to an organised crime syndicate shipping huge amounts of hashish into Australia from New Zealand.

In the days after charges were laid against Standen, AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty was forced to deny claims that he and Standen worked side by side at Redfern and were once daily jogging partners.

Standen, who left the AFP to join the Crime Commission in 1996, is now accused of trying to smuggle in by sea enough pseudoephedrine to make $120 million worth of ice. He is due to face court again on August 6.

Mr Keelty said he and Standen had only ever been stationed together at the AFP‘s Sydney city headquarters in Goulburn Street.

They “might have been involved in some of the same operations” but were not close.

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Mr Keelty also said he was unaware Standen had admitted to the 1982 Stewart Royal Commission that he once flushed 18 foils of cannabis down a toilet instead of declaring it as evidence. Former NSW detective turned University of Western Sydney academic Michael Kennedy said another member of the unit was allowed to take up a government job after admitting to stealing a kilogram of seized heroin displayed at a media conference. Another detective resigned after being confronted with allegations he was using and dealing cocaine. He eventually went to work for standover man Tim Bristow, who died in 2003.One-time head of AFP internal affairs Ray Cooper says security at the TNT offices was a disgrace.”Operational details were being leaked to the crims,” Mr Cooper said. “As a result, I warned the hierarchy that we needed to keep an eye out.”

Mr Cooper said his investigation into the Foster allegations was taken from him and deliberately derailed to avoid a public scandal.

He was denied permission to use phone taps and several witnesses against Foster were kidnapped and threatened by other corrupt federal detectives.

Wayne Sievers, who worked at the Redfern towers between 1983 and 1988, likened the experience to “living inside a grubby episode of Miami Vice”.

“You were looking at a group, some of whom were simply cowboys with huge egos, who were allowed to drive around town in fast cars with guns, doing whatever they wanted.”

Mr Sievers said the same day he reported being offered payola by a more senior officer he was transferred to non-operational duties.

Following a raft of AFP corruption claims at the Wood Royal Commission, a federal inquiry chaired by Sydney barrister Ian Harrison was set up in 1996-97.

Mr Cooper gave evidence but has since criticised the proceedings.

No public hearings were held and all findings were classified. Dr Kennedy and Mr Sievers also testified but believe little was achieved.

All three have called for the inquiry report to be opened.

Last week, NSW Supreme Court judge Harrison said it would be inappropriate for him to comment.














Colin Stanley WINCHESTER


Regd. #  157

Rank:  Assistant Police Commissioner

Stations: ACT Police

Australian Federal Police ( AFP )

ServiceFrom 19 March 1962   to  10 January 1989 = 27+ years Service

Awards: National Medal – granted 14 July 1977

Australian Police Medal ( APM ) – granted 26 January 1987

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 8 June 1988

Born: 18 October 1933

Died on:  10 January 1989

Cause:  Shot – Murdered

Age: 55

Funeral date:

Funeral location:

Buried at:  ?


Colin Stanley WINCHESTER ACT / AFP Police Commissioner
Colin Stanley WINCHESTER
ACT / AFP Assistant Police Commissioner

Colin Stanley WINCHESTER ACT / AFP Police Commissioner
Colin Stanley WINCHESTER
ACT / AFP Assistant Police Commissioner


Touch plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.
Touch plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.


[alert_green]COLIN IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_green]

Australian Federal Assistant Commissioner shot dead.
Colin Stanley Winchester APM, (18 October 1933 – 10 January 1989) was an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

He was a baker’s son who’d worked in the mines at Captain’s Flat and a good-humoured larrikin.

Friends and work colleagues described him as being of great strength, courage, integrity and love, who was tough, hard-working, honest and compassionate.

Colin Winchester had been a police officer for 27 years, first in the Australian Capital Territory Police Force and then in the AFP.

On 10 January 1989, the Canberra suburb was particularly quiet, drowsing in the still, warm, evening air, ACT Policing Chief Police Officer Colin Winchester drove to his Deakin home.

At 9.15pm, as he stepped from his car Assistant Commissioner Winchester was dead, shot twice in the head at point blank range with a Ruger 10/22 .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencer.

Colin Winchester’s death made headlines around the world and sparked one of the most complex criminal investigations in Australian history. It ran for more than five years.

There were many allegations of mafia involvement and that the Assistant Commissioner had been executed by the Mafia when it was revealed he’d been part of a controversial investigation targeting drug financiers and suppliers.

At a sting involved a marijuana plantation at Bungendore, a Mafia informant who told his bosses that Colin Winchester was corrupt. It was said that the police chief was shot because Mafia bosses Winchester was cleared when an independent auditor found that with no unexplained wealth to his name, it was unlikely that Colin Winchester had been on the take.

David Harold Eastman was convicted of Winchester’s murder on November 11, 1995, after a four year surveillance investigation.

Justice Ken Carruthers during his sentencing remarks said “the scientific aspect of the case resulted in

“one of the most skilled, sophisticated and determined forensic investigations in the history of Australia”.

Justice Carruthers sentenced Eastman to life imprisonment.

Winchester was Australia’s most senior police officer to have been killed.




COLIN Winchester, a former miner then 29, joined the ACT police force in 1962. Some of the ACT police were said to act like country cousins of Sydney police, and rather looked up to some of the more flashy, if dubious, detectives therein. It has been asserted that Winchester was corrupt, at least at any earlier period when he is said to have handled bribes relating to a Canberra illegal casino. However, an audit of his financial affairs after his murder revealed nothing untoward.

The ACT Police and Commonwealth Police were merged in 1979 to form the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Channel 10 reporter Christopher Masters says that factional infighting deriving from the original divisions remain, and have impeded the Winchester investigation.



Patrick Mark HACKETT

Patrick Mark HACKETT

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  10548[/alert_yellow]

Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 25 February 1963

Constable 1st Class – appointed 25 February 1968

1968 – Constable 1st Class ( Acting Inspector in Cyprus )

StationsWarrants & Summons at Eastwood, Civilian Police Contingent – Cyprus – part of Australia’s 8th Contingent deployed in 1971.

ServiceFrom  Pre 25 February 1963 ( as a Trainee )  to  29 August 1971 = 8+ years Service

AwardsPolice Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS – granted 19 October 1992 posthumously

Dag Hammarskjold Medal – awarded posthumously

United Nations Service medal – posthumously

Born: 27 May 1940

Died on:  Sunday  29 August 1971

Cause: Motor vehicle accident ( news paper indicates he may have been “blown up by a land mine” )

Event location: Stroumbi, Cyprus

Age: 31

Funeral date? – possibly  6 September 1971

Funeral location? – possibly Field of Mars, Cressy Rd, Ryde, NSW

Buried at? – possibly Portion:  Anglican, Row: Gen Lawn 1, Plot: 558


Patrick Mark HACKETT
Patrick Mark HACKETT

[alert_green]PATRICK IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_green]

Touch Plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra, for Patrick Mark HACKETT
Touch Plate at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra, for Patrick Mark HACKETT

Constable Hackett was killed in Cyprus while on special duty in that country with the United Nations Civilian Police Force (UNCIVPOL). On the 29 August, 1971 he had driven to Episkopi and Paphos before setting out to return to Polis. Whilst negotiating a number of very sharp and dangerous hairpin bends, his vehicle left the roadway, crashed down an escarpment and overturned several times. Constable Hackett was killed instantly.


The constable was born in 1940 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 25 February, 1963. At the time of his death he was attached to the Civilian Police Contingent in Cyprus.


17 June 2017 – Malaysia Memorial in Cyprus taken today as Australian Police complete the long mission and are leaving Cyprus.
17 June 2017 – Malaysia Memorial in Cyprus taken today as Australian Police complete the long mission and are leaving Cyprus.




27 May 1940 – 29 August 1971
Patrick Hackett was a member of the NSW Police Force. He commenced as a Trainee in 1963 and was confirmed as a first class constable in 1968.
Patrick was sworn in as a Special Commonwealth Police Officer at the rank of inspector when he was selected to be part of Australia’s Eighth Contingent to Cyprus. The contingent, part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to Cyprus, was deployed to Cyprus in 1971.
Inspector Hackett was tragically killed in a car accident near Stroumbi when his vehicle left the road on a sharp corner.
He was posthumously awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal with Cyprus clasp, the United Nations Service Medal and the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal.

The Age       1 September 1971     page 2 of 23

Canberra:  An Australian policeman serving in Cyprus has been killed in a traffic accident.  He was Constable Patrick Mark Hackett, of the NSW Police force.




In 1997 the Dags Hammarskjold Medal is established by the United Nations to honour those who lost their lives whilst on a UN peacekeeping mission.

The family of Inspector Patrick Hackett receives the Dags Hammarskjold Medal in 2010.
The family of Inspector Patrick Hackett receives the Dags Hammarskjold Medal in 2010 from Sergeant Mark Elms, NSW Police Academy.


Dag Hammarskjold Medal
Dag Hammarskjold Medal



The Sydney Morning Herald        Tuesday  25 October 1988      page 12 of 64

Patrick HACKETT - Mother at Cenotaph - 1988
Patrick HACKETT – Mother at Cenotaph – 1988





On 13th August, 1971, Senior Constable William Edward King, who was then the officer-in-charge of police, East Gresford, was shot dead at East Gresford Police Station by a man who fired upon him with a rifle.

On 29th August, 1971, Constable 1st Class Patrick Mark Hackett died from injuries received in a motor accident at Polis, Cyprus, whilst performing duty with the New South Wales Police component of the Australian Police Contingent of the United Nations Peace Keeping Force.

On 30th September, 1971, Sergeant Second Class William Watson Riley and Senior Constable Maurice Raymond McDiarmid, both then attached to Blacktown Police Station, were shot dead in a house at Toongabbie which they had entered to arrest a man who a short time before had murdered his brother and raped a woman in the same house.

A police funeral with full ceremonial honours was accorded these deceased officers at which appropriate tributes were paid.

In recognition of their outstanding courage Sergeant Riley and Senior Constable McDiarmid were posthumously promoted by me to Sergeant 1st Class and Sergeant 3rd Class respectively. In addition, I submitted recommendations to the Premier for favour of consideration of Royal Awards being granted in both cases.

To assist the widows of the deceased police the Premier approved the payment to each of them of the sum of $12,500 as a gratuity. This payment did not in any way affect their entitlements to payments under the provisions of the Police Regulation (Superannuation) Act.

Report to the Police Department for 1971 – printed 7 September 1972