Dennis Michael COX

Dennis Michael COX

AKA 

Late of 

 

Victoria Police Academy   Class #  ? ? ? 

 

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  ????? 

 

Service:  From ? ? 2008?   to   12 November 2020  =  12 years Service ? ? ?

 

Rank:  Commenced Training at Victoria Police Academy on ? ? 2008?

Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ?

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

 

Final Rank =  Leading Senior Constable 

 

Stations?,Swan Hill, ?, Sea Lake’s ( 8 years )( One Manner Stn ) – Death

 

Retirement / Leaving age: = 0

Time in Retirement from Police:  0

 

Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system

 

 Born? ? ?

Died on:  Thursday  12 November 2020 about 8am 

Age:  47

 

Cause:  MVA – Push Bike Rider – Not at fault – Off Duty 

Event location:   Sea Lake Rd / Lascelles Rd, Sea Lake ( N.W. Victoria )

Event date: Thursday 12 November 2020 about 8am

 

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location? 

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Buried at: ?

 

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Man charged over Vic officer’s bike death

by Callum Godde
23 February 2021

A man has been charged after an off-duty police officer was knocked off his bike and killed in regional Victoria last year.

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox was killed on November 12 when a car allegedly struck his bicycle at Sea Lake in Victoria’s northwest.

The driver stopped to render assistance but the 42-year-old died at the scene.

A 57-year-old Sea Lake man was charged with culpable driving on Tuesday by major collision investigation detectives.

He was bailed to appear at the Mildura Magistrates Court on May 18.

Mr Cox worked at Sea Lake’s one-person local police station for eight years and was described as a “well-respected and admired”
community member.
Australian
Associated Press  

https://www.liverpoolchampion.com.au/story/7139994/man-charged-over-vic-officers-bike-death/


 

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox was killed while riding his bike in Sea Lake where he was the only officer in the town.
Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox was killed while riding his bike in Sea Lake where he was the only officer in the town.

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox was a much loved member of the Sea Lake in northwest Victoria.

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox, 47, died when he was hit by a car while cycling on the outskirts of Sea Lake in northwest Victoria on November 12.

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox (right) with L-R wife Selina, son Jacob, 11, and daughters Shauna, 20, and Hannah, 17.
Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox (right) with L-R wife Selina, son Jacob, 11, and daughters Shauna, 20, and Hannah, 17.

 

The site of the collision at Sea Lake. (Nine).  Dennis COX
The site of the collision at Sea Lake. (Nine)

 

Dennis COX

The local community mourned the loss of Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox. (Nine)
The local community mourned the loss of Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox. (Nine)

 

 

 

Family’s tribute for Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox killed while cycling at Sea Lake

The heartbroken family of a Victoria Police officer killed while riding his bike have paid tribute to a “wonderful father” with a passion for serving his local community.

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Michael Cox, 47, tragically died when he was hit by a car while cycling on the outskirts of Sea Lake in northwest Victoria on November 12.

Senior Constable Cox’s death has sent shockwaves through the Sea Lake community where he had worked at the one-person station for the past eight years.

The popular and much-loved copper had close ties to the locals, having grown up in the Mallee region on his parents’ farm with his three sisters and two brothers.

He also had extended family in the area and was a champion footballer and past president of the Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers Football Netball Club.

His wife Selina said her husband touched many lives in the community and they were very thankful for the outpouring of support they had received since his death.

“We all loved him very much, he was a great dad. He regularly joked to everyone I was the luckiest woman alive,” she said.

Younger brother Phillip Cox said Constable Cox was an “old fashioned country cop” who was proud of his uniform and what it meant.

Colleague and close friend, Sergeant Brad Fowler, said it was his “dream job” was to work at a single member station, with Sea Lake his number one choice having grown up in the area.

“He policed by earning respect so that his community tried to mostly do the right thing so they didn’t put him in a bad position,” Mr Cox said.

“We heard a young man earlier this week refuse a drink as he had to drive home and he wasn’t going to let Coxy down.

“He trusted everyone and saw the best in those who made mistakes. He was patient and kind, as well as cheeky. Kids loved him and he was a brother to so many.”

Mr Cox said that was probably the reason why he had the least arrests and gave out the fewest fines during one year while based at Swan Hill police station.

He said Constable Cox adored his wife Selina, “the absolute love of his life”, and was the proud dad of Shauna, 20, Hannah, 17 and Jacob, 11.

“Shauna and Hannah were his two princesses and Jacob his right hand man,” Mr Cox said.

“Second only to Selina and the kids was his love of fishing and camping and (he) shared this with them.”

Constable Cox will also be remembered across the community as the legendary footballer who won four senior premierships with Berri-Culgoa, coached Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers and was later president after the two clubs merged.

Lifelong friend and current president of the Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers Football Netball Club, Colin Durie, said Constable Cox and wife Selina were “enormous” for the local club.

“He was a very modest man, he never looked for accolades, he was just happy doing his thing, keeping under the radar and just getting it done,” Mr Durie said.

“It’s just been a massive shock, it’s going to be hard to find someone else like him for our small community that’s going to put so much back into it … it’s just going to leave a massive hole.

“When he started policing he wasn’t here and the opportunity came up with the position at Sea Lake and I think he was extremely proud to get back and work in the community he’d grown up in and obviously loved.”

Constable Cox was off duty when he was struck by a car on the Sea Lake-Lascelles Road about 8am on November 12.

He had spent 12 years working with Victoria Police in the Western Division and was also based at Swan Hill police station during his career.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the crash. The driver of the car stopped at the scene and assisted police. No charges have been laid.

A GoFundMe fundraiser to support Constable Cox’s family has so far raised more than $60,000.

jack.paynter@news.com.au


 

 

Off-duty policeman Dennis Cox killed in cycling crash in Victoria

A tight-knit Victorian community is mourning the tragic death of its much-loved sole policeman, described by locals as a ‘true copper’.

 

The sole policeman of a tight-knit Victorian community who was tragically killed while cycling is being remembered as an “all round good bloke” and “true copper”.

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox, 47, was riding his bike when he was hit by a car on the outskirts of Sea Lake in northwest Victoria on Thursday morning.

Senior Constable Cox’s death has sent shockwaves through the Sea Lake community where he had worked at the one-person station for the past eight years.

The popular and much-loved police officer had grown up in the Mallee region, had extended family in the area and was a past president of the Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers Football Netball Club.

Local councillor and Sea Lake tourism business operator David Vis told NCA NewsWire “everybody knew” Constable Cox and it would be a great loss for the community.

“He cared a lot about the local community, he was heavily involved in voluntary work as well as with the football club,” he said.

“There’s a lot of things he did over and above his police work, and he will very sadly missed by the community.

“The community hurts when these types of things happen, it’s affected the town quite badly and he’s going to be sorely missed.”

Constable Cox was off duty when he was struck by a car on the Sea Lake-Lascelles Road about 8am on Thursday.

He had spent 12 years working with Victoria Police in the Western Division and was also based at Swan Hill police station during his career.

Local community members have placed ribbons and flowers on the Sea Lake police station fence as a sign of respect to their “much-loved member of the community”.

Former police officer and Sea Lake Men’s Shed secretary Geoff McGuigan said Constable Cox was “an excellent officer and a good man”.

“We were blessed to have you here. RIP. You will be missed,” he posted on Facebook.

Advance Sea Lake Inc community group said Constable Cox was “more then (sic) our ‘local copper’”.

“A community member, family man, all round good bloke,” they posted.

“‘Sea Lake 208, log us off thanks’, that was him, every shift,” another mourner wrote. “We will miss you mate.”

“A true copper and friend of Sea Lake residents,” local Peter Arrowsmith wrote.

Another friend wrote that Constable Cox was “a wonderful ex-neighbour, family friend, such a character, so sadly missed by all”.

“We are just devastated for Dennis’ big beautiful family … you wouldn’t find a more loving and decent family,” they said.

In a statement, Victoria Police extended its deepest sympathy and condolences to Constable Cox’s immediate and extended family and friends.

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox was a well respected and admired member of the Sea Lake community, working at the community’s one-person station for the past eight years,” they said.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the crash. The driver of the car stopped at scene and assisted police.

His death comes several months after the Eastern Freeway crash that killed Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Joshua Prestney.

jack.paynter@news.com.au

Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox killed while cycling in Sea Lake, Victoria | Herald Sun


 

 

 




Unknown male VicPol member

Unknown male VicPol member

AKA  ?

Late of  ?

 

Victoria Police Academy Squad #  ? ? ?

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  ?????

 

Rank:  Commenced Training with Squad ??? on ? ? ?

Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ?

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Inspector – appointed ? ? ? 

Chief Inspector – appointed ? ? ? 

Superintendent – appointed ? ? ? 

Chief Superintendent – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank?

 

Stations?

Service:  From ? ? ?   to   12 June 2020 ( Resignation ) ? years Service

 

Awards:  National Medal – granted ? ? ?

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted ? ? ?

2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted ? ? ?

 

Born? ? ?

Died on:  Sunday  14 June 2020

Age?

Cause?

Event location:   ?

Event date ?

 

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location? 

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Future Wake location??? TBA

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Future Wake date???

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Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( May 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

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Tragically a member of Victoria Police who resigned last Friday ( 12 June 2020 ) passed away yesterday.

It is not fully known the circumstances of his death and we will not be going into any speculation as to what occurred. Suffice to say his former colleagues are devastated.

Our sincere thoughts go to to his family, his friends, his former colleagues and those that worked with him over the years.

RIP Colleague.

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Edward BARNETT

Edward BARNETT

AKA  ?

Late of  Havelock, Victoria

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  537

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank = Senior Constable

Stations?, Carisbrook – Death

Service:  From ? ? ?  to 1 February 1858? years Service

Awards: Victoria Police Star – posthumously awarded on Thursday 1 August 2019

Born: ? ? 1828 – 1829

Died on: Monday  1 February 1858

Age: 29

Cause: Murdered – shot through the right lung – exited out the left lung ( no doubt – standing side on to the bullet )

Event location: White Hills goldfield, near Carisbrook, Victoria

Event date: Monday  1 February 1858 shortly after 1am

Funeral date: Tuesday  2 February 1858

Funeral locationCarisbrook Cemetery, Majorca Rd, Carisbrook, Victoria

Wake location: ?

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Carisbrook Cemetery, Majorca Rd, Carisbrook, Victoria

Methodist: Section 3, Row 9, Grave 15

Memorial located at: His Victoria Police Star is framed and hanging inside of Maryborough Police Station, Victoria

 

INSCRIPTION:<br /> Sacred to the Memory of Edward Barnett<br /> Native of Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland.<br /> Late Senior Constable of the Victoria Police.<br /> Who was shot dead while gallantly performing his duty in endeavouring to arrest an armed bushranger on the night of the 31 January 1858 on Havelock Diggings.<br /> This Tablet is erected by the chief Commissioner of Police, The Officers and Constables of the District as a mark of esteem and respect.<br /> "In the midst of life we are in death"<br /> https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/119635060/edward-barnett
INSCRIPTION:
Sacred to the Memory of Edward Barnett
Native of Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland.
Late Senior Constable of the Victoria Police.
Who was shot dead while gallantly performing his duty in endeavouring to arrest an armed bushranger on the night of the 31 January 1858 on Havelock Diggings.
This Tablet is erected by the chief Commissioner of Police, The Officers and Constables of the District as a mark of esteem and respect.
“In the midst of life we are in death”

EDWARD IS mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance


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BARNETT was attempting to arrest William BROOK, who had just murdered restaurateur Charles Lopez during an attempted robbery.

Fleeing the scene, Brook opened fire on Barnett, with a bullet fatally striking him in the heart.

Brook was later arrested and died of injuries sustained during the robbery of Lopez, whom had stabbed BROOK.  It took BROOK 16 hours to die.

BARNETT staggered only a few yards before he fell – calling out “Oh God, I am shot”.

 

 

Edward BARNETT 01 – VicPol – Died 1858 – Page 1

Edward BARNETT 02 – VicPol – Died 1858 – Page 2

Edward BARNETT 03 – VicPol – Died 1858 – Page 2

 


 

Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 – 1946),

Saturday 31 August 1929, page 6

GALLANT POLICEMAN’S GRAVE.

MURDERS OF 1858 RECALLED.

By H. A. Barnes.

ALMOST hidden by rubbish and weeds, a tombstone which was recently discovered in the Carisbrook cemetery recalls the story of a policeman who lost his life while gallantly pursuing an armed bushranger on the Havelock diggings in 1858.

The grave was found by Constable J. Casey, said residents of the district, who had been clearing the cemetery of weeds.

At the suggestion of police officials, it was decided to have the tombstone and grave renovated.

Half the cost was borne by the Chief Commissioner ( Brigadier-General Blarney ).

The Inscription on the stone had become almost unreadable, but it has been restored by recutting in a marble slab.

It reads as follows:

Sacred to the memory of

EDWARD BARNETT,

native of Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland,

Late Senior-constable of the Victoria police,

Who was shot dead whilst gallantly performing his duty to endeavouring to arrest an armed bushranger on the night of Jan. 31, 1858, on Havelock Diggings.

This tablet is erected by the Chief Commissioner of Police, the Officers and Constables of the district, as a mark of esteem and respect.

In the midst of Life we are in Death.

 

For official purposes, Senior-constable Brown, of Russell street, obtained the facts of Barnett’s death from newspaper files and police gazettes of 1858.

In those days Havelock went under the strange but pretty name of White Hills.

Thousands of adventurers flocked to the district when gold was discovered, and overnight, it seemed, every kind of crime was being freely committed. Life was cheaper than gold at White Hills.

The “hold-up” which resulted in the death of Senior-constable Barnett occurred early on the morning of February 1, 1858, according to records of the period, although the tombstones fixes the date as January 31.

Charles Lopez and his wife, who conducted the Gumtree Restaurant in a dimly lighted tent, were standing behind their improvised counter, checking the pile of money that had been received during the day.

Notes, silver, and gold-some of it won from the fields around them — had been sorted, and husband and wife were handling the money when three men suddenly rushed into the tent demanding liquor.

Lopez told them to “get out,” but they replied by dragging him into the street. What happened outside in the next few seconds is not known, but two shots were fired in quick succession. Mrs. Lopez ran after her husband, but could see nothing until she stumbled across the body of Senior-constable Barnett, who was then dying.

—————————

A graphic story of the shooting was told to the coroner at the time by Henry Bradley the cook employed at the Gumtree.

He rushed out of the tent to see Lopez chasing three men. As they raced past a store owned by a man named Thomas, one of the men turned and fired, but the shot did not take effect.

Lopez caught up to the armed robber, and in the struggle that followed another shot was fired. Lopez reeled, evidently badly hurt, but in almost his last breath he slashed and stabbed the murderer with a large knife, inflicting terrible injuries, Lopez then fell back dead. The robber turned and ran again, but this time Bradley and Senior-constable Barnett, who had heard the first shot, gained on him rapidly.

Weakened by loss of blood from his knife wounds, the fugitive evidently perceived that escape was impossible. He stopped suddenly in his tracks, and fired what proved to be his last bullet point blank at Barnett, who was then only two yards away. Crying “0 God, I’m shot!” Barnett stumbled forward and dropped dead. He had been shot through the heart.

His last bullet gone, the murderer again tried to escape, but Bradley and some miners eventually captured him. He was taken to the Carisbrook police camp, where he died from the wounds inflicted by Lopez. The murderer’s name was reported to be Joseph Brooks, aged 56 years, a native of America.

The murders had a remarkable sequel, according to facts mentioned in a recent issue of the “Police Journal ( Victoria ).

Barnett‘s death was deplored by many miners on the Havelock diggings. He bad been a popular and respected officer, and evidently as their own form of vengeance more than 1,500 miners set out to clear the township of “undesirables.”

They were in the mood for lynching.

Their first act was to set alight to a notorious place known as ” The Manchester. ” When nothing but ashes remained of this shanty, the mob marched through the town, and attacked the ” Star and Garter. ” No hand was stayed until the place had been wrecked. Liquor flowed into the street from broken bottles, jars, and barrels; and bonfires were made of the bedding and furniture.

The position of many places in White Hills looked desperate until a rumour of the finding of a wounded man at Tuckwell‘s called the howling mob away on a man hunt.

31 Aug 1929 – GALLANT POLICEMAN’S GRAVE. – Trove


 

Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 – 1918),

Tuesday 9 February 1858, page 2

 

MURDER AT HAVELOCK.

FUNERAL OF THE POLICEMAN.

On Tuesday the remains of Edward Barnett the unfortunate police constable, were interred in the New Cemetery, at Carisbrook.

The body was followed to the grave by Mr. S S Furnell, officer in charge of the district, and Mr. Inspector Hare, of Maryborough, and the whole body of the police stationed at Carisbrook, as well as by several friends of the deceased and gentlemen of the neighbourhood, amongst whom were F Call, Esq., P.M., R. Southee, Esq, Chairman of the Municipality of Carisbrook, and other members of that body.

The burial service was read by Mr. Furnell in a most impressive manner.

The deceased was much respected by the officers and men of the police force for his attention to his duties and general good conduct.

He was constable in charge at Chinaman’s Flat during the rush there, and performed his duties in a most satisfactory manner.

A tombstone, with a suitable inscription will be erected to the memory of the poor fellow.

FUNERAL OF LOPEZ

On Wednesday morning the remains of the unfortunate man Lopez were conveyed to their last resting place.

The melancholy cortege consisted of three vehicles, one or two horsemen, and a few of the diggers on foot.

The body was conveyed from Havelock to the old burying-ground on the Quartz Hill ( now Bristol Hill – 2019 ), Maryborough, where it was interred.

The grave was surrounded by many of the friends of the deceased during the ceremony.

09 Feb 1858 – THE MURDER AT HAVELOCK. – Trove

 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/196827615/charles-lopez = this link has Charles Lopez having died on 8 Feb 1858 – aged 35.  No photos or other information.


 

Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954),

Tuesday 16 February 1858, page 6

THE MURDERS AT THE WHITE HILLS.

ADJOURNED INQUEST.

The adjourned inquest on the bodies of Lopez and Constable Barnett, was held at the Charlie Napier Hotel, Havelock Flat, White Hills, on Monday last, when the following evidence was taken : —

Samuel Edwards sworn : Am a blacksmith, residing at the White Hills. On the morning of the 1st inst., about one o’clock, was awakened by a great noise in the street.

Got up and ran in the direction that the other people were running. Got as far as a large tree, when I saw a man running in a stooping position. He got up and ran about 200 yards. I followed him, and got within six feet of him, when he snapped a pistol at me. The pistol did not go off. A policeman named Barnett (now dead), was running after the man Brook, who snapped the pistol at me.

Brook fired and shot the policeman dead. When the policeman received the shot he exclaimed, ” I’m shot to the heart.

The spring that he gave when shot knocked the man Brook down. I fell over him. They both fell together. I then took the pistol now produced out of the man Brook’s hand. I identified the man Brook, lying dead at the police camp, as the man who shot Edward Barnett, the policeman.

I heard two shots fired before I came out of my tent, and two afterwards. After Barnett fell on Brook there were no more shots fired. I handed over the pistol to the police. When the man Brook was running he kept his hand on his stomach. Did not see any wound on him.

Constable John McCormick deposed to having seen the bodies brought in to the police camp, and receiving the prisoner and the pistol from the last witness.

Dr. Cooper sworn : Deposed to having made a post mortem examination of the bodies of Lopez and Barnett, assisted by Dr. Dunne.

On the body of Edward Barnett found a gunshot wound two or three inches below the right collar bone. There were no external marks of violence.

On tracing the course of the ball, found it running backwards and to the left side, passing in its course between the first and second ribs, near the junction of the cartilage, through the anterior edge of the superior portion of the right lung, superior portion of the pericardium, perforating the superior vena cava and windpipe, thence through the posterior portion of the superior lobe of the left lung, and passing out of the chest between the fourth and fifth ribs at their angles, perforating the left blade bone about half an inch from the posterior margin.

The bullet now produced I found just beneath the skin. All the other organs were healthy.

The cause of death was the gunshot wound. The bullet exactly fits the pistol produced.

When the deceased Edward Barnett was brought to the police camp he was apparently dead, but gasped twice. I saw the wound in his chest which caused his death.

I also made a post mortem examination of the body of Lopez.

He was brought to the police camp immediately after Edward Barnett, and was quite dead.

I found a gunshot wound about two inches below and to the left of the left nipple. There were no other external marks of violence.

The ball had passed in a direction backwards, through the fifth rib, about an inch and a half from its articulation with the cartilage, through the anterior edge of the left lung, through the left side of the pericardium, then entering the root of the left lung, wounding the left pulmonary artery, and the left bronchial tube, passing out of the chest through the ninth rib, and was found just beneath, the skin, below the inferior angle of the blade-bone.

The bullet is the same size as the one that was found in the body of Edward Barnett.

The cause of death was the gunshot wound.

The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Joseph Brook, now deceased.

— Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser.

16 Feb 1858 – THE MURDERS AT THE WHITE HILLS. – Trove

 


 

Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918),

Tuesday 9 March 1858, page 2

BALLAARAT.

The HAVELOCK MURDER.— Joseph Gibson, alias Laycock, alias Yorkey, was charged at the Police Court, on Friday, on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of the storekeeper Lopez and Senior Constable Barnett, at Havelock diggings, on the 1st February last. Detective Hyland proved the arrest of the prisoner at 5 o’clock on the same morning, and stated that he answered the description in the Gazette. Prisoner was remanded to Curisbrook. — Times

09 Mar 1858 – BALLAARAT. – Trove

 


Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser (Vic. : 1857 – 1867 ; 1914 – 1918), Friday 10 September 1858, page 3

LOCAL INCIDENTS OF THE MONTH.

Edward Barnett. constable, Havelock, family residence Tallow, Ireland, £241 9s, died 1st February, 1858, (shot at the same time as Lopez);

10 Sep 1858 – LOCAL INCIDENTS OF THE MONTH. – Trove

 


 

 

 

 

 




Brenton Holt ERKENS-GOSS

Brenton Holt ERKENS-GOSS

AKA  GOSSY

Late of  ?

Victoria Police Academy Squad Class #  15/2016-17

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  42447

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 12 May 2017

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank = Senior Constable

StationsWilliamstown, Hamilton, Portland Police Station – Drug Investigation – Death

Service:  From 12 May 2017?  to 28 June 2019 =  2+ years Service

Awards: No find on It’s An Honour

Born: Sunday  12 April 1992 in Alice Springs, N.T.

Died on: Friday  28 June 2019 during the afternoon

Age: 27

Cause: Depression – Suicide – (method ?)

Event location: ?, Victoria

Event date: Friday  28 June 2019

Funeral date: Monday  8 July 2019 @ 1pm

Funeral location: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Victoria

Wake location: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Victoria

Funeral Parlour:

Buried at: Cremated

Memorial located at:

Brenton ERKENS-GOSS

Brenton ERKENS-GOSS

Brenton ERKENS-GOSS
2009

 

Pete Erkens-Goss & Brenton ERKENS-GOSS
Pete Erkens-Goss & Brenton ERKENS-GOSS

 

renton ERKENS-GOSS
RIP Brenton Erkens-Goss, park runner A5840248, we will miss you ????????

Brenton ERKENS-GOSSA
15 February 2019

Brenton Holt ERKENS-GOSS

Brenton Holt ERKENS-GOSS

Brenton Holt ERKENS-GOSS

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


 

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Yesterday the #fightingptsdvicpol campaign was informed that one of our VicPol members had taken his own life in the afternoon.

Senior Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss, # 42447, of Hamilton Police Station ( Victoria ) hopefully you can now rest in peace.

Brenton represented Victoria Police and attended the inaugural World LGBT Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals in Amsterdam in 2017 .

Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss was one of more than 100 Victoria Police LGBTI Liaison Officers working to build rapport and trust with the LGBTI community and help tackle prejudice-motivated crimes and family violence.

Brenton was supportive in raising awareness for mental health issues, and he recently represented the Fighting PTSD VicPol campaign during the surf to surf running event in Warrnambool with his colleagues.

To his family and work mates, my sincere condolences. Please look after each other during this sad time.

I urge all members and retired veterans to please reach out to family, friends or any of your work colleagues before making that final decision.

Please everyone check in on each other and if anyone needs assistance please utilise the contact number on our website www.protectingtheprotectors.com

Police Welfare 92473344
TPAV 1800 800537
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

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Brenton was born in Alice Springs 12 April 1992.
He always had a passion to join the police force after high school but was told he was to young and needed more experiences.

Soon, in 2009, he joined the SES in Rockhampton, Qld, before the family moved down south in 2010 and, there Brenton started with the SES in Mount Gambier, South Australia.
In 2013 while he was still waiting to join the Victoria Police Force, he applied for Protective Services Officer and graduated in squad 15 on September 2013 .

As a PSO, he worked in a few different places – such as Milton, Sunshine and out of the Victoria Police Centre training new PSO‘s.

Finally he joined VicPol and enlisted at the Victoria Police Academy in Squad 15 2016/17 of which he was a Deputy Guard Leader for the Squad’s Graduation day – that being on Friday 12 May 2017.

Brenton worked in Williamstown and then Hamilton before finally going to the drug investigation unit in Portland, Victoria until his death.

Brenton remained with the SES right up until he died, aged 27.

Brenton will be sorely missed by his family and many, many friends.

 

 

 


 

Police praise officer’s work in forging relationships with LGBTIQ community

 

Senior Victorian police have praised the work local officer Brenton Erkens-Goss made to forging relationships between the police and the LGBTIQ+ communities following the officer’s unexpected death.

Constable Erkens-Goss passed away on Friday, he took his own life. Prior to joining the Victorian Police, Erkens-Goss had worked as a Protective Service Officer.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson, who is also the executive champion of Victorian Police Pride, praised the contribution First Constable Erkens-Goss made to building relationships between the police and LGBTIQ+ community.

“Brenton was a member of VP Pride and was a proud and out gay man who was truly valued by his work colleagues and the community he served.

“Prior to graduating as a sworn member on 12 May 2017, Brenton spent a number of years as a PSO where his enthusiasm for policing shone through. Brenton was part of the Victoria Police contingent that attended the first World LGBT+ Criminal Justice Professionals Conference in Amsterdam in August 2016.” Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said.

“As a member of the local Hamilton community, Brenton made many friends both at the station and in the community.”

Western Region Superintendent Glenn Owen echoed the praise for the officer.

“Brenton worked at Hamilton uniform and was recognised for his investigative talents, recently being selected to work at the Portland Tasking Team. His supervisors and work friends describe him as a highly competent, intelligent and enthusiastic member who was destined to become a detective. Brenton was also well respected in the local community and volunteered as a member of the SES.” Superintendent Owen said.

As one of 100 officers in the Victorian Police trained as a Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer Constable Erkens-Goss had previously shared his thoughts on the program with east-coast LGBTIQ publication Star Observer.

 


 

It has been stated, by family, that Brenton was at his grandmothers 90th birthday party on the previous Sunday and there was simply “no hint” of what was to happen on the proceeding Friday.

It simply leaves you wondering, for the rest of your life, what you could have possibly done to prevent this suicide if there were no, apparent, obvious signs.

Suicidal thoughts are very silent so if you know someone who suffers with depression, tread carefully with how you treat them.

 

 

Andrew Goss

20 hrs

Over recent times, I didn’t see much of my nephew, Brenton Holt… life gets away from us all.
The older we get – the busier we are.
Life changes and there are more things that take up our time, more layers to our lives.
Just because you don’t see each other as often as you’d like, doesn’t mean you love them any less.
The last time I saw Brenton was last weekend for his Grandma’s 90th Birthday lunch and I am most grateful for that.
He was happy.
Talkative.
He looked well.
We spoke a lot of our roles in the operational field and ‘compared notes’ on “cells procedures” and the strange things we’d both seen.
We laughed????
A lot!!
He told me how much he was enjoying the job and the people he worked with.
I’d never seen Brenton so settled.
I simply did not realise, mate.
I just didn’t see it – at all.
However, I am now reminded again that every day is not a given.
It’s not guaranteed.
If anything, we all need to learn from this.
Check in on your loved ones.
Often.
Then…. they know.
They’re not alone.

To Jessy, Tony, Monica, Steve, Mel, Cathy , Wayne & Daniel, Michael & Pete…. my love and thoughts. No one is ever prepared for this so, look out for each other always.

R.I.P. Brenton ????
You will be missed by so many.????

#fightingptsdvicpol
#rememberingbrentonalways
#ThinBlueLine

 

 


 

Much loved Liaison officer takes own life

Victoria Police LGBTI Liaison Officer Senior Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss took his own life on Friday.

One of over 100 Victoria Police LGBTI Liaison Officers, Brenton worked diligently to tackle prejudice-motivated crimes and family violence.

Further, he worked to build rapport and trust with the LGBTI community.

The loss of the officer came about because he ‘tragically succumbed to his inner demons,’ according to a Facebook post.

Last night, Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen posted on Facebook about the loss.

Ben is Coordinator of the Queensland Police Service LGBTI Support Network.

Absolutely devastated to learn tonight that one of our friends and colleagues from Victoria Police, Brenton Erkens-Goss took his own life yesterday.

He was such a great guy and will be dearly missed by many. Rest In Peace brother.

Fellow Police pay tribute to Senior Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss

Also, in a touching tribute to their colleague, Cop Humour Australia spoke on the loss of Brenton.

“We have received heartbreaking news that Senior Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss of Hamilton Police Station in Victoria tragically succumbed to his inner demons and took his own life yesterday afternoon.

“Brenton was a long time follower and supporter of Cop Humour Australia, which makes this even harder for us. We wish we could have done more for him, or done more to raise mental health awareness and encourage Brenton to seek help.

“Nevertheless, we hope that Brenton is now at peace.”

The page also praised Brenton’s support in raising awareness for mental health issues.

“He recently represented the Fighting PTSD Vicpol campaign during a surf to surf running event in Warrnambool with his colleagues.

“As one of the Victoria Police LGBTI Liaison Officers, Brenton worked hard to build rapport and trust with the LGBTI community, and helped tackle prejudice-motivated crimes.

“Brenton also represented Victoria Police and attended the inaugural World LGBT Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals in Amsterdam in 2017.

“From what we’ve heard and been told — Brenton was a great copper and an even greater friend, and will be missed terribly by many.

“Our sincere condolences go out to Brenton’s family, colleagues, and friends.”

The post then spoke of the importance of seeking assistance.

“Please look after one another during this devastating time.

“If you’re feeling down, please speak to someone — reach out to family, a friend, a colleague, anyone.

“When it comes to the #ThinBlueLine you never fight any fight alone, your blue family will always be there to support you.

“Rest In Peace friend and colleague, for the sun has now set. We will remember.”

Police Liaison Officers

Despite continual progress the relationship between our communities and the police is at times difficult.

However, we must remain mindful of the valuable service provided by LGBTIQ Liaison officers across the country.

If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

QN Magazine | For the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, visit qnews.com.au. Check out our latest magazines or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Victoria Police and the LGBTI community

“Everyone deserves to be treated equally and be able to live in their own skin without having to hide who they truly are”

CONSTABLE Brenton Erkens-Goss is hoping to do himself out of a job.

As one of more than 100 Victoria Police LGBTI Liaison Officers (GLLOs), Const Erkens-Goss imagines a future without the need for specialised support – where there is no difference and everyone is treated equally “as a person”.

“We’re not quite there yet but we’re definitely gaining ground,” he says.

After dreaming of becoming a police officer from a young age, Const Erkens-Goss now works to ensure LGBTI interactions with Victoria Police are always fair and respectful.

“Everyone deserves to be treated equally and be able to live in their own skin without having to hide who they truly are,” he says.

The force’s relationship with LGBTI communities hit rock bottom in the Tasty nightclub in 1994. Officers detained 463 patrons for seven hours, subjecting them to strip and cavity searches.

In 2014 then-Acting Chief Commissioner Lucinda Nolan formally apologised; ushering in a new era of policing to rebuild and regain trust.

Const Erkens-Goss says it was hard to hear about the disturbing raid as part of the Academy’s training, but ultimately it was indicative of a different time and a different Victoria Police.

“Originally when I was training as a Protective Services Officer, I hid it (being gay) but now the Academy is very, very supportive,” he says.

The Academy has an LGBTI Student Network and Const Erkens-Goss’ endeavours to implement his learnings from the inaugural World LGBT Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals in Amsterdam to increase inclusiveness among members.

“Victoria Police has definitely changed in the past two years,” he says, ahead of his graduation from the Constable Qualifying Program.

“Some people have never been friends with someone who is LGBTI and (they can have an attitude that comes from) ignorance or fear. It’s hard but if you have a conversation with them they become much more understanding.”

Out in the community, that understanding is also making a real difference to people’s lives.

“In one case recently I helped a trans teenager who was experiencing family violence from her father who was withholding her medication,” Const Erkens-Goss explains.

“I mediated with her dad and helped them get counselling. Her father simply misunderstood how his daughter was feeling and didn’t understand what she was experiencing, through specialised counselling this has educated him.”

But under-reporting of prejudice-motivated crimes and family violence, especially from older LGBTI victims, still concerns Const Erkens-Goss and the LGBTI liaison officers, who can informally discuss concerns, assist through the reporting process or help advise other police colleagues.

Const Erkens-Goss says Victoria Police’s involvement in events like Pride and Midsumma is far from tokenism, and shows the organisation celebrates diversity and is respectful and there to help.

“If someone asked me about joining Victoria Police I’d say ‘go for it!’ Victoria Police is an inclusive organisation with a lot of career progression.”

Hopefully, for Const Erkens-Goss that progression includes a spot in the ranks of the sought-after Dog Squad and the eventual retirement of his LGBTI liaison badge as the blue line becomes just another part of the rainbow.

Reach out to your local LGBTI Liaison Officer (or GLLO) on 9247 6944 or melbourne.gllo@police.vic.gov.au.

Be a force for good and join Victoria Police. For more information or to apply visit https://www.policecareer.vic.gov.au/.

 


 

Portland pair remanded in custody charged with drug trafficking

Portland police Sergeant Martin Flannery said specialist units and uniform members executed search warrants at properties in Portland’s Wellington Road and Patrick Street in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police allegedly forced their way into the Wellington Road house after the occupants failed to open the door.

A search of the premises revealed three syringes loaded with methylamphetamine and blood, three green lasers, quantities of a white crystal substance believed to be ice and two white iPhones containing significant drug trafficking conversations.

Police also located inside a vehicle several ziplock bags containing ice, 16 grams of cannabis on top of a child’s baby seat, three digital scales, 6.5 grams of heroin, used needles and $350 cash believed to be the proceeds of crime.

A total of 6.96 grams of ice was found inside the house and vehicle.

Sergeant Flannery said a young child was present at the time of the raid. He said the child’s mother and a man were arrested at the scene.

“This is a real concern for us, the exposure of young children to that sort of lifestyle is very alarming,” he said.

Andrew Ryan, 31, and Bronwyn Noku, 35, of Wellington Road, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Mr Ryan made no application for bail and was remanded in custody until June 17.

Court documents obtained by The Standard revealed Ms Noku had admitted to buying 3.5 grams of ice to sell weekly. She told police she sold one point of ice for $50.

Magistrate Franz Holzer said Ms Noku had failed to show compelling reasons why she should be released and remanded her in custody. She will appear in court the same day as Mr Ryan.

Sergeant Flannery said the Wellington Street property had been an address of interest for some time.

“Action was taken on Wednesday as a result of information received from the community, which added to our significant amount of intelligence suggesting there was a high level of drug trafficking occurring at that house,” he said.

“This is an example of the public’s good work in assisting us to remove this sort of offending from our town. Getting these drugs off the streets reduced the harm on the community.

“This has been an ongoing investigation conducted by the Southern Grampians divisional tasking team, with the warrants executed with the assistance of Portland and Hamilton crime investigation units and Portland uniform members. It has been a really positive, team effort.

“The Southern Grampians divisional tasking team has a strong focus on minimising the harm of drugs in the community. We will act on any information and use the full extent of the law deal with it.

“Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers or myself, Brenton Erkens-Goss and Victoria Hudson at Portland police station.”

www.standard.net.au/story/6115645/heroin-cannabis-and-ice-found-in-house-with-half-filled-syringes-and-child-present/


 

Many Shades Of Policing

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:35

Twenty-three years after the Tasty nightclub storm, the rainbow which emerged is only getting more vivid at Victoria Police.

On paper, Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss has the perfect background to serve the community. He’s volunteered with the State Emergency Service as a road crash rescuer and has spent countless hours talking to and helping commuters as a Protective Services Officer (PSO).

But policing is about more than just what appears on paper.

“I came out to my family when I was 21 when I had my first relationship,” he said.

“They’ve always been supportive and there was a bit of ‘yeah, we know’ when I told people.”

As one of more than 100 Victoria Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse and Intersex (LGBTI) Liaison Officers (also known as GLLOs), Const Erkens-Goss uses his personal experience to provide specialised support to a community which still struggles with a high level of under-reporting crime.

“In one case recently I helped a transgender teenager who was experiencing family violence from her father who was withholding her medication,” he explained.

“I mediated with her dad and helped them get counselling.

“Her father simply misunderstood how his daughter was feeling and didn’t understand what she was experiencing, through specialised counselling this has educated him.

“I strongly believe that everyone deserves to be treated equally and be able to live in their own skin without having to hide who they are.”

Victoria Police’s relationship with LGBTI communities hit rock bottom at the Tasty nightclub in 1994, when officers detained 463 patrons for seven hours and subjected them to strip and cavity searches.

In 2014, then-Acting Chief Commissioner Lucinda Nolan formally apologised; ushering in a new era of policing to rebuild and regain trust.

Const Erkens-Goss said it was hard to hear about the disturbing raid as part of the Victoria Police Academy’s training, but ultimately it was indicative of a different time and a different Victoria Police.

“Victoria Police has definitely changed,” he said.

“After the Tasty nightclub, the LGBTI Liaison Officer program was implemented to help build rapport and also to have trained and experienced liaison officers to be there to support victims of crime who may identify as LGBTI (to either sit in an interview, take
a statement or investigate hate crime) but also as a knowledge bank to other members who may need some assistance.”

Const Erkens-Goss said Victoria Police’s involvement in events like Pride and Midsumma was far from tokenism, and shows the organisation celebrates diversity and is respectful and there to help.

The Academy also has an LGBTI Student Network and Const Erkens-Goss is working to implement his learnings from the inaugural World LGBT Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals in Amsterdam to increase inclusiveness among members.

“I always wanted to be a police officer,” he said.

“To get some practical experience of the realities of the job I worked as a road crash rescuer, which was very challenging but rewarding.”

Const Erkens-Goss also paced the train platforms as a PSO, which he said was great for gathering intel and helping people, before graduating from the Constable Qualifying Program.

And while it’s still early days, he hopes the next stage in his career is retirement – of his GLLO badge, when the need for specialised support is no longer required.

“We’re not quite there yet,” he said. “But we’re definitely gaining ground.”

Image: Const Erkens-Goss at the Police Academy.

Editorial: Anthea Cannon
Photography: John Pallot

 

GLLO/LGBTI Liaison Officers

Victoria Police has a network of liaison officers (GLLOs) who provide advice to other police and the community.

The group has more than 100 GLLOs who also attend community events and build relationships with youth and LGBTI networks.

Reach out to your local
 GLLO on 9247 6944 or at melbourne.gllo@police.vic.gov.au via email.

 

Published in the Winter 2017 edition of Police Life

https://www.police.vic.gov.au/many-shades-policing


 

 

 

 

 

 




George Frederick PARR

George Frederick PARR 

AKA  ?
Late of Bundaberg, Qld

Victoria Police Academy Class #  ? ? ?

 Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  ?????

Rank?

Final Rank = ?

Stations?

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? ? ?? years Service

Awards:   National Medal – granted 15 August 1989 ( SenCon )

Born:   ? ? 1946 – 47?

Died on:   Sunday  31 March 2019

Age:  72

Cause:   ?

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:   ? ? ?

Funeral location:   No formal memorial will be held

Wake location:  ?

Funeral Parlour:  ?

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?

 

 

 

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George Frederick Parr

Passed away peacefully in Bundaberg on March 31, 2019 aged 72.
Loving father of Kate, jokester brother and devoted Victorian Police Officer.
No formal memorial will be held. Forever in our hearts.

Published in The Age on Apr. 11, 2019

 

April 14, 2019
To Kate my sympathy to you and families
Peter John Naumann
April 12, 2019
May George forever Rest In Peace:
https://www.australianpolice.com.au/george-frederick-parr/
April 11, 2019
Cherished Memories of a true family friend
Thank you for the friendship, laughs and fun memories.
The McLellan Family

 

 

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Andrew William ALLEN

 Andrew William ALLEN

AKA  ANDY / AJ
Late of  ?

Police Academy Class #  ? ? ?

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  20891

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank = Leading Senior Constable

Stations?, Knox, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Belgrave, Olinda – death

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  9 November 2018 = 40 years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born:   Tuesday  17 February 1959

Died on:   Friday  9 November 2018

Age:  59

Cause:   Suicide by ?

Event location:  Olinda Police Station

Event date:  Friday  9 November 2018

Funeral date:   Monday 19 November 2018 @ 11am

Funeral location:   the Chapel, Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley

Wake location:  ?

Funeral Parlour:  Selwyn Allen – 98881672

Buried at:   Cremated

 Memorial located at:   ?

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Andrew William ALLEN Andrew William ALLEN

Andrew William ALLEN

Andrew William ALLEN

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ALLEN, Andrew William
Died 9th November, 2018.

Loved brother and brother-in-law of Stuart, Jan, Geoffrey and Trish.

Published in The Age on Nov. 17, 2018

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A Service celebrating the life of Leading Senior Constable Andrew Allen will be held in the Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley on MONDAY (Nov. 19, 2018) commencing at 11.00 a. m.
A Private Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Andrew to Police Legacy.
Envelopes available at the Service.
POLICE HONOURS
Funerals
Published in Herald Sun on 14/11/2018
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FERNY CREEK
A Ferny Creek woman, 35, is lucky to be alive after her car rolled and crashed into trees on One Tree Hill Rd last Sunday afternoon. Belgrave Leading Senior Constable Andrew Allen said the woman, who was the sole occupant, had left home and was travelling west towards Churchill Drive when the car left the road and rolled before coming to rest between three large trees. Leading Sen-Constable Allen said the woman was taken to The Alfred hospital by ambulance with “what appeared to be minor injuries”, including some chest pain. Police are waiting to speak with the woman but speed was believed to be a factor. “It was a fine day, there were no other contributing factors at this stage,” Leading Sen-Constable Allen said. Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out.
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Ferny Creek woman survives One Tree Hill Rd crash

A FERNY Creek woman, 35, is lucky to be alive after her car rolled and crashed into trees on One Tree Hill Rd yesterday.

Belgrave Leading Senior Constable Andrew Allen said the woman, who was the sole occupant, had left home and was travelling towards Churchill Drive when she lost control on a bend and rolled before coming to rest between three large trees.

Leading Sen-Constable Allen said the woman was taken to The Alfred hospital by ambulance with “what appeared to be minor injuries”, including chest pain.

Police are waiting to speak with the woman but speed was believed to be a factor.

“It was a fine day, there were no other contributing factors at this stage,” Leading Sen-Constable Allen said.

Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out.

A woman was lucky to escape with only &quot;minor injuries&quot; after her car left the road at a bend and ploughed into several trees in Ferny Creek on Sunday afternoon.

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24 August 2015

OLINDA Police are searching for information after a white fence was defaced over the weekend.
Leading Senior Constable Andrew Allen said that after 11pm on Friday, 21 August, someone had blotched black paint on a white fence in Hilton Road in Sassafras.
He said the part of the fence was a white pillar with an antique light on top, and that black paint had been blotched on it.
“You wouldn’t call it graffiti as such, it’s just black-on-white,” Leading Sec Const Allen said.
The property is opposite to the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve.
Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Paul Matthew TOPHAM

Paul Matthew TOPHAM 

AKA TOPPY
Late of  ?

Victoria Police Force

Academy Class # ????

Regd. #  36971

Rank:  Senior Constable

Final Rank = Senior Constable

Stations?, Hastings, Southern Metro Region – Somerville HWP – Death

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  1 January 2019 =  ? years Service

Awards:   No find on It’s An Honour

Posthumously ( 9 Jan 2019 ) Awarded a Commendation for two incidents he attended ( as mentioned below )

Born:   ? ? ?

Died on:   Tuesday  1 January 2019

Age:  37

Cause:   PTSD – Suicide – Mental Health issues – ( Method ? )

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:   Wednesday  9 January 2019 @ 4.30pm

Funeral location:   the Cumulus Stratus Chapel, Bunorong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston – Dandenong Rd, Dandenong South

Wake location:  ?TBA

Funeral Parlour:  ?TBA

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?

Paul TOPHAM

Paul TOPHAM

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Fighting PTSD Vicpol

Today I attended the funeral service of Senior Constable Paul TOPHAM and listened to the many messages of love and appreciation of a great family man that Toppy was.

As I stood in the foyer of the Cumulus Stratus Chapel, I observed a full house of family, friends and police members paying respects to a man that was destined to be a member of the blue army. 6ft 9 inches tall and it was mentioned very big feet which were noticed during the beautiful photo presentation of his life.

We all observed a man that cared for his partner, 5 children and the family pets. I also saw a man with a love of motor bike riding or driving a tractor.His father spoke of Paul always finding peace on the property in Yea.

His father also spoke about the battle Paul had for many years being diagnosed with PTSD and thanked many that assisted Paul during his journey.

The funeral service finished with the sound of a single bagpipe player walking through the large guard of honour for Paul.

In memory of Pauls police life he received a commendation for the work he performed in relation to a high profile public incident where he looked after the grieving mother whose child had just been murdered. Paul was also the first on scene giving CPR to the Hastings Jeweller who was murdered during a daylight robbery. These events unfortunately took a toll on a man who had a big heart

To all my friends who I spoke to today at the service and all those that were unable to attend. Please look after yourself and each other.

Its times like these that really makes me even more passionate for the #fightingptsdvicpol campaign.

There is always someone that is only a phone call away that you can call or message or please use the support numbers on the webpage

www.protectingtheprotectors.com

RIP Paul. Your legacy will continue with other members that have gone before you.
May you keep a look out for your family and friends from above.

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Batty case constable’s death shocks friends and family

A senior police officer who helped Rosie Batty through the aftermath of her son Luke’s murder has died, shocking friends and family.

Leading Senior Constable Paul Topham was a key part of a coronial inquest into the 11-year-old’s death and was praised for his efforts during the matter.

Police Association Secretary Wayne Gatt said the well-respected officer would be sorely missed.

ROSIE BATTY STEPS DOWN FROM FOUNDATION

STUNNING NEW PORTRAIT OF ROSIE BATTY UNVEILED

THE SHOCKING STATISTIC NO AUSTRALIAN SHOULD ACCEPT

Luke Batty. Picture: Supplied/Instagram

“The Police Association is deeply saddened by the ­sudden, tragic loss of one of our members in recent days,” he said.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the member’s family, friends and shattered colleagues, and remind them that we are here to support them in any we can.”

Ms Batty said she would ­remember Sen Constable Topham for helping her through some of her darkest days. “I can’t speak highly enough of what he did for me,” she said.

“He was someone I could turn to when I was scared or worried about something. He was there for me when some in the police force weren’t.”

Ms Batty said she had heard Sen Constable Topham had been struggling with mental health issues in recent times.

“I knew he was going through some tough times but I’m saddened to hear that he’s no longer with us,” Ms Batty said. “It’s an absolute tragedy.”

A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed an officer from the Southern Metro region had died and a report was being prepared for the coroner.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

In his coronial findings, Judge Ian Gray praised Sen Constable Topham for his efforts during the investigation.

If you are experiencing personal problems call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

ryan.tennison@news.com.au

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January 04 2019 – 06:49

In memoriam: Senior Constable Paul Matthew Topham, Victoria Police #36971, Southern Metro region, died suddenly after many years of brave struggle with PTSD on the 1st January 2019. He was 37 years old.  He was a key part of the investigation and the subsequent coronial inquest into Rosie Batty’s 11-year-old son Luke’s death. Senior Constable Paul Topham arrested the killer in January 2013. Judge Ian Gray praised Sr Cst. Topham for his excellent efforts during the investigation.⠀ ⠀ Police Association Secretary Wayne Gatt said the well-respected officer would be sorely missed. “We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the member’s family, friends and shattered colleagues, and remind them that we are here to support them in any we can,” he said.⠀ ⠀ Senior Constable Paul Topham fought a heroic battle with operational stress injury (PTSD) in recent times.⠀ ⠀ He left behind his loving wife and five children. Our thoughts and prayers with his family.


 




Victor KOSTIUK

 Victor “Vic” KOSTIUK

Husband of Retired Member of Victoria Police – Superintendent Pauline Kostiuk

Father of Serving Victoria Police member – Detective Felix Kostiuk

Late of  ?

Victoria Police

Regd. #?

Rank: Detective Senior Sergeant

Final Rank = Detective Senior Sergeant

Stations: Somerville Family Violence Unit, Officer in Charge

ServiceFrom  1980  to  14th September = 38 years Service

Awards: National Medal (6th of September, 1995)

Born: Thursday, 5 February 1959

Died on: Friday, 14 September 2018 during the early afternoon

Age: 59

Cause: motor vehicle collision

Event location: Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley, Victoria

Event date: September 21st, 2018, commencing at 2.00 pm

Funeral date: TBA (private burial will follow)

Funeral location:  TBA

Wake location:  ?

Funeral Parlour:  Selwyn Allen All Faiths Funerals, 15 Derham Street, Mt Waverley, Victoria 3149 

Buried at:  TBA

 Memorial located at:  TBA

Victor Kostiuk

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Proud police family mourn loss of veteran killed on memorial ride

15 September 2018 — 11:45am – by Joe Hinchliffe

Detective Senior Sergeant Victor ‘Vic’ Kostiuk died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction along the Princes Highway near Orbost on Friday.

Among those mourning the 59-year-old veteran officer are his son, Detective Felix Kostiuk – who was riding next to his father when he was hit – and his wife, retired Superintendent Pauline Kostiuk.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk’s immediate family asked for privacy. But his broader blue family in the Victoria Police remembered him as a leader in the fight against domestic violence who had much more to give.

Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk had been “chuffed” to be given a role at the head of the Somerville Family Violence Unit just a few months ago.

“He’s been a detective on-and-off throughout his career but it was a very big thing for him to again get to the rank of detective and have that in front of his senior sergeant rank,” Acting Chief Commissioner Patton said on Saturday.

“He’s been committed in the latter stages of his career to combating family violence and he’s become somewhat of an expert in family violence and very well respected.

“Victor was planning to be working for many more years to go, he had a much-unfinished business, especially in the family violence world, where he seemed to have a renewed lease of life and energy to achieve great outcomes.”


Victoria Police mourn Victor Kostiuk, one of their own killed on a charity motorcycle ride

15 September 2018 – 6:46pm – by Kathy Lord

Victoria Police is pleading with the public to obey the road rules after one of their own was killed in a charity motorcycle ride in honour of officers killed in the line of duty.

Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk, 59, was riding alongside his son, also a police officer, in the Wall to Wall charity ride from Melbourne to Canberra when he was killed.

A car driving in the opposite direction on the Princes Highway east of Orbost, in far eastern Victoria, veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk’s motorcycle.

He and his son had been travelling about 10 minutes ahead of the main group of 300 riders.

Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton started the ride in Melbourne on Friday and told them to go safely.

He went through the police academy with the dead officer’s wife and said the family was in mourning.

“Clearly they’re shattered,” he said.

“Victor was a fantastic member of this organisation, a member for nearly 40 years.

“He was really chuffed just the other day to have been recently appointed back to the rank of detective senior sergeant, something he was particularly proud of.

“It’s a tremendous loss for Victoria Police.”

Source: TheNewDaily

Drugs involved in cop’s road death, court hears

17 September 2018 – 10:05pm – by Josh Fagan

The driver appeared in Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, charged with culpable driving causing the death of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk, 59.

The crash happened on the Princes Highway at Cabbage Tree Creek, near Orbost, on Friday afternoon.

It is alleged the suspect veered onto the wrong side of the road and was travelling at 137kmh when he struck Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk, Seven News reported.

The court heard the suspect had earlier smoked ice, took Valium and drunk alcohol before getting a friend, 16, to blow into an interlock device before he took over driving, Seven News reported. Major Collision Investigation Unit Detective Phil Frith told Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court Mr Reid had had one hour’s sleep when he decided to drive back on Friday, Illawarra Mercury reported.

Mr Kostiuk was riding his motorcycle as part of the Wall to Wall ride in honour of fallen officers. His son, Detective Senior Sergeant Felix Kostiuk, was also among a motorcade of 300 motorbike riders who were due to arrive at the National Police Memorial in Canberra on Saturday.

Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said some of his last words to Det Sen-Sgt Kostiuk as he left on the memorial ride were “travel safely”.

Source: news.com.au.


Note: sometimes also spelled Kostuik.

Notices

KOSTIUK Victor
5 Feb, 1959 – 14 Sep, 2018.
Adored husband of Pauline, wife of 38 years. Devoted father and idol of Felix and perfect father-in-law of Nicole. Loved brother of Alex and Eleanore and inspirational uncle to many.

His mighty presence, passion and joyfulness have made the world a better place.

“Be the instrument of change”


KOSTIUK

A Service celebrating the life of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk will be held in the Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley on Friday (September 21st, 2018) commencing at 2.00 pm. A Private Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Victor to Police Legacy. Envelopes available at the Service.

POLICE HONOURS

Victoria Police


KOSTIUK. – Victor.

The President, Executive and Members of The Police Association mourn the passing of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk and extend their deepest sympathy to his family.

At Rest




Gary MILLER

Gary MILLER 

Late of  ?

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  30326

Rank:  Leading Senior Constable

Final Rank = Leading Senior Constable

Stations?, Highway Patrol – Death

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  31 December 2017 ? years Service

Awards:   ?

Born:   ? ? ?

Died on:   Sunday  31 December 2017

Age?

Cause:   ?

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:   Wednesday  10 January 2018 @ 1.30pm

Funeral location:   Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley, Victoria

Funeral Parlour:  Selwyn Allen – 98881672

Buried at:   Cremated

 Memorial located at:   ?

 

 

 

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MILLER.
A Service celebrating the life of Leading Senior Constable Gary Miller will be held in the Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley on WEDNESDAY (Jan. 10, 2018) at 1.30 p. m.
A Private Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Gary to McCulloch House. Envelopes available at the Service.
POLICE HONOURS
Funerals
Published in Herald Sun on 04/01/2018
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from Victoria Police Historical Society
Victoria Police Historical Society 1 Jan 2018 ·
I would like to diverge a little from the subject of police history to acknowledge a member who passed away in service yesterday.
Leading Senior Constable Gary Miller, 30326, current Highway patrolman was an exceptional member and friend to many.
Committed to making the roads safer, Gary was in all respects the quiet achiever.
I say this with good authority having worked with Gary back in the day.
I acknowledge your service and dedication.
Stand easy Gary, your job here is done.
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Alexander David ADAMS

Alexander David ADAMS

Late of  ?

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #  ?????

Rank:  Sergeant – Suspended

Stations?, St Kilda – Suspension

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? ? ? ? years Service

Awards:   No find on It’s An Honour

Born:   ? ? ?

Died on:   Wednesday  22 December 1982

Age?

Cause:   Suicide – shotgun

Event location:   ?, Frankston, Victoria

Event date:   Wednesday  22 December 1982

Funeral date:   ? ? ?

Funeral location:   ?

Funeral Parlour:  ?

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?

 

 


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Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Wednesday 15 December 1976, page 16


NOTES FOUND, COURT TOLD

MELBOURNE, Tuesday. – – A cache of notes found in the home of a Melbourne man was thought to be valuable evidence in relation to the Victorian Club robbery, an armed robbery squad detective told the Melbourne City Court today.

Detective-Senior Constable Alexander Adams said he went to the man’s home in Kett Street, Nunawading on July. 14, looking for a man known as Stanley Ernest James.

He said Mr James was wanted for questioning in connection with the Victorian Club robbery in April this year.

Detective Adams said Mr Daniel Hacking opened the door of his home wearing pyjamas when he went with other police to Kett Street at 10.35pm on July 14.

He said he found large bundles of money in a plastic bag in a set of drawers in a built-in wardrobe. He said Mr Hacking told him he was looking after the money for his brother-in-law, Mr Stan James.

Mr Hacking and his wife were charged with having unlawfully possessed $11,400 in notes of various denominations reasonably suspected of being stolen, and with having handled the same amount of money, knowing it was stolen, between June 1 and July 14 this year.

Mr Hacking was committed for trial on the second charge. He pleaded not guilty and was allowed bail of S500 with a similar surety.

The charge of having unlawfully possessed the money was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Charges against Mrs Hacking were dismissed.

Mr Norman Leung Lee, 28, of Kerferd Street, Essendon, appeared in the Melbourne City Court today on a charge involving the robbery of $1.3 million.

Mr Lee, a dim sim maker, is charged with armed robbery on Mr Norman Paragree. an armed guard, of $1,387,540 at the Victorian Club in Queen Street on April 21.

Mr Lee is also charged with having received $124,000 in cash between April 21 and October 5.

Mr Lee was recently granted bail in the Supreme Court.

Mr L. T. Griffin CSM respited his bail today and adjourned the charges to March 24 next year.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/131801471

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Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Wednesday 3 October 1979, page 14


Sergeant pocketed bail: witness

MELBOURNE: A Sydney man told the County Court in Melbourne yesterday that a St Kilda policeman had pocketed $500 that he had given to him for bail money in 1977.

Mr John Mitchell Purvis, of Rose Bay, told the court he thought he had “been had” after the policeman refused to give him a receipt for the money.

Mr Purvis was giving evidence before Judge Ravech at the trial of a suspended policeman, Sergeant Alexander David Adams.

Sergeant Adams has pleaded not guilty to having obtained $500 by deception, having stolen $500 and having received a secret commission of $500.

The Crown prosecutor, Mr J. T. Hassett, told the jury that the charges were alternative counts and related to an incident alleged to have occurred on August 3 at the St Kilda CIB office.

Mr Hassett said that Mr Purvis had owned a milk bar in Elwood in August last year and Sergeant Adams had been one of a number of policemen who questioned him about stolen property found in his shop.

He said Mr Purvis had been taken to the Prahran police station to be charged with receiving stolen property and had asked Sergeant Adams on the way about bail.

Mr Hassett said Sergeant Adams asked him, “How would $500 suit?” Mr Purvis had later been released on bail on his own undertaking, which meant he did not have to lodge any bail money.

Mr Purvis said that Sergeant Adams asked him to come to the St Kilda CIB the next day and he thought he was going there “to pay bail money”.

He went to the CIB office the next morning and gave Sergeant Adams $500 in cash.

“I took the money out and gave it to Adams and asked for a receipt”, he said.

“He said, ‘You’re not getting a receipt’. He took the money and stuck it in his pocket”.

The trial continues today.

 

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110602462

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Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Thursday 23 December 1982, page 8


Shot officer ‘on charge’

MELBOURNE: A Melbourne police sergeant who was found dead in a car at suburban Frankston yesterday morning had appeared in the Melbourne City Court on Tuesday on a blackmail charge.

Police said that Sergeant Alexander David Adams had been found with a gunshot wound to the head. A shotgun and a note were found near his body.

Police said that Sergeant Adams had been suspended from duty and had entered no plea at his court appearance yesterday.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130838548

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