NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern – Class # 175A
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 19945
Service: From17 August 1981 to29 November 2013 = 32 years, 3 months, 12 days Service
Rank: Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 17 August 1981 ( aged 28 years, 0 months, 23 days )
Probationary Constable- appointed 6 November 1981 ( aged 28 years, 3 months, 12 days )
Constable – appointed 6 November 1982
Constable 1st Class – appointed 6 November 1986
Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( NO )
Senior Constable – appointed 6 November 1990
Final Rank = Senior Constable
Stations: Balmain ( 6 November 1981 )( 8 Division ), Annandale ( 8 Division ), Transport Section – 4 Wheels – Zetland ( May 1984 – May 1985 ), Waverly ( Drug Unit )( 10 Division )( February – May 1986 ), Balmain, Warrant Index Unit ( 1995 ), Gosford LAC ( 1997 ), Brisbane Waters LAC – Gosford ( GDs & Summons / Warrants ( last 12 years of her career ) – Retirement
Retirement / Leaving age: = 60 years, 4 months, 4 days
Time in Retirement from Police: 7 years, 10 months, 5 days
Awards: National Medal – granted 28 August 1997 ( SenCon )
National Police Service Medal – April 2013
1st Clasp to National Medal – Awarded 1 May 2007
NSW Police Medal with 2nd & 3rd Clasp – Awarded 10 December 2003
4th Clasp to NSW Police Medal – Awarded July 2014
3 Medals from the Police Games ( Sport unknown )
Born: Saturday 25 July 1953 Balmain, NSW
Died on: Monday 4 October 2021
Age: 68 years, 2 months, 9 days
Event location: Admitted on 23 September 2021 to Gosford Hospital, Gosford, NSW
Event date: Diagnosed 18 March 2020 stemming from pain in left shoulder
Funeral date: Wednesday 13 October 2021 @ noon
Funeral location: Greenway Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 460 Avoca Dve, Green Point, NSW
A driver of a semi-trailer which travelled up to 70 m.p.h. from Mascot to Wollongong, pursued by police, was to-day gaoled for six months.
The driver of the truck, Peter Justin Gleeson, 28, of no fixed address, also ‘had his licence cancelled for three years.
Mr. Avery, S.M., in Central Court, imposed the maximum sentence for the charge of dangerous driving.
Constable Huff, of 21 Division, said the semi-trailer at times veered to the wrong side of the road, forcing traffic to pull up and pedestrians to scatter for safety, while the police car was almost forced on to the foot path.
A road block was put up at Wollongong, but nine miles on the Sydney side, Gleeson lost control of the semi-trailer and ran off the road. Gleeson was found lying in the bush 60 yards away.
June 1956: Constable William (Bill). J. Huff of No. 21 Division, placed the following advertisement in the June issue of the News South Wales Police News Magazine, “ Constable W. J. Huff of 21
Division urgently requires accommodation for himself, wife and one child, and would greatly appreciate any assistance from his Police colleagues to obtain a flat or cottage”. Later in the 1970’s Detective Sergeant Huff was stationed at Liverpool Police Station.
Source: Liverpool Police Time Line ( 1788 – 2016 )
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),
Friday 2 February 1973 (No.19), page 376
IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Division. —No. 710344.— The estate of CYRIL CHARLES HUFF, late of Engadine, in the State of New South Wales, retired, deceased. — Probate granted by the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 20th day of May, 1971.—Pursuant to the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898-1954 (Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 1916 – 1954, and Trustee Act, 1925-1942), William James Huff and Laura Mabel Rose Huff, the executors of the will of the said Cyril Charles Huff, who died on the 25th day of November, 1970, hereby give notice that creditors and others having any claim against or to the estate of the said deceased are required to send particulars of their claims to the said executors, care of Forrest Dufty & Company, Solicitors, 36 Ormonde Parade, Hurstville, on or before the 16th day of April, 1973, at the expiration of which time the said executors will distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which they then have notice.—
Dated the 25th day of January, 1973. FORREST DUFTY & CO., Solicitors, 36 Ormonde Parade, Hurstville 2220. 3484—-$4
SYDNEY: A 22-year-old man was committed for trial yesterday on a charge of murdering his mother.
Mr Mark Frederick Yarad, unemployed, of Cronulla, appeared in the City Court, charged with having murdered Mrs Alma Isabella Yarad at Cronulla on March 15.
Mr Goldrick, SM, found that a prima facie case against Mr Yarad had been established, and committed him to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court.
The man’s father said his son had undergone a complete personality change after leaving school, and had been abusive toward his mother
Mr Callile John Yarad, a bookmaker, said his son had been a perfect person until he was 18, being a fine scholar.
After finishing school his son would return home for a while and then go off again, and would never keep in touch with his parents, he said. During this time he had found his son had been taking “pot”.
Mr Yarad said a parcel, which he thought contained a gun, was delivered to his son at their home on the morning of the alleged murder.
That afternoon Mr Yarad sen. had gone out and when he returned he found the police at his house.
Detective-Sergeant W. Huff told the court he had gone to the house and had seen Mr Mark Yarad.
Sergeant Huff said Mr Yarad told him, “I have shot my mother — she’s inside”.
“Nutty” had joined the Wamberal Surf Life Saving Club as a ‘Junior’ and became a legend in his ability to handle big seas.
He was also a committee man, for the club, for 15 years and represented the club in Central Coast and NSW teams.
In his later years he turned to coaching at both Nipper and Senior level.
Gary enriched the lives of everyone he came in contact with, and he is sorely missed by the club and his mates.
A true Hero of the Surf.
Wamberal Surf Life Saving Club have named their ‘Masters Carnival’ the “Nutty Masters Carnival” for 30’s plus and, in 2017 was in it’s 22nd year.
Gary’s Grandfather’s nickname was “Nutty”. He nicknamed his son – Gordon Charles LAMBERT “Nutty”. Gordon Charles LAMBERT was a NSWPF member ( Regd # 8066 ). Gordon nicknamed his son, Gary, “Nutty” also. It would appear that the male lineage of this family had the “larican personality” which earned them the nickname of “Nutty”.
“Nutty” ( Gary ) is also credited as the Founder of the Wamberal Savers Rugby Club which was started in 1985.
That Club eventually ‘folded’ but one of Nutty’s son’s – Billy ( who was 18 at the time ), as a Tribute to his father, restarted the Club in 2015 and the new Club went on to win the Premiership in 2018.
My dad. Wish I had updated photos on my telephone but I don’t.
My dad had three jobs to put us six kids through private school.
Police officers were not allowed to have a second job in the old days. Still, Dad drove trucks and laid cement on the side.
With three jobs he still always seemed to have the time to take us to our horse shows, picnics on the beach and just being there, being a dad in general to us.
Miss my dad every day. Happy Father’s Day Dad.
September 1955: Eileen Patrician WILSON, a Constable with the School Lecturing Section at Darlinghurst married Cecil Alfred Shaw, a Constable and member of 22 Division, Liverpool.
They married at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Parramatta.
( Source: Liverpool Police History – 1788 – 2016 )
Susan McateerThis wonderful man is literally my hero. He Saved my life and I will never ever forget what he did for me. My heart is broken for his family and friends. So so sadly he will be missed ????
John Aloysius BRYANT
John Aloysius BRYANT
AKA JB, Sarge, Jack – to his Grandchildren
Late of Canberra
NSW Redfern or Penrith Police Academy Class # ? ? ?
Uniform # 1428
New South Wales Police Force
[alert_yellow]Regd. # 9407[/alert_yellow]
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 10 August 1959
Constable 1st Class – appointed 10 August 1965
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 30 November 1974
Senior Sergeant ( Sgt 1/C ) – appointed 13 October 1984
does NOT appear in the 1989 Stud Book
Final Rank = Senior Sergeant
Stations: Yass ( 1963 – 1964 ), Western District ( 1965 ), Eugowra ( 1964 – 1973 ), Tocumwal ( 1973 – 1974 ), Berrigan ( early 1974 – 1982 ), Redfern ( 7 Division ), The Rocks, Sydney Police Centre ( 1982 – 1988 ) – Retirement
Service: From? ? pre August 1959?to14 September 1988 = 29+ years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted15 September 1980 ( Sgt 3/c )
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 10 September 1986 ( Sgt 1/c )
Thank you for acknowledging our Dad on the Australian Police website. It is a wonderful thing for you to do. I have included some additional information about Dad below – I am sorry it has taken me so long to get round to sending you this information.
He was a wonderful man and had some very special memories of his time in the NSW Police Force, especially his time in the country stations.
He is survived by his three daughters – Kate, Sally & MaryJane, and four grandchildren – Annie, Samantha, Jake & Matthew.
He is now with Mum (Pam) who passed away on 23 September 2017.
Late of ?
Australian Federal Police Force
Regd. # ?????
Final Rank = Superintendent
Service: From? ? ? to 29 October 2018= ? years Service
Born: ? ? ?
Died on: Sunday 29 October 2018
Cause: Suicide –
Event location: AFP National Headquarters, Edmund Barton building, Canberra
Event date: Sunday 29 October 2018
Funeral date: ? ? ?
Funeral location: ?
Wake location: ?
Funeral Parlour: ?
Buried at: ?
Memorial located at: ?
[alert_yellow]RICHIE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow] *NEED MORE INFO
Funeral location: TBA
FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.
Sadly, another Australian Police Officer has suicided.
That member was with the Australian Federal Police ( AFP ) in Canberra.
By all accounts, he was a good person and had only hours prior, posted on Facebook and appeared happy.
AFP suicides: Another police officer has walked into work and not come out alive
EXCLUSIVE. The third Australian police officer in less than two years appears to have taken his own life at work. WARNING: Distressing.
FOR the third time in less than two years, an Australian Federal Police officer has walked into their work building, and not come out alive.
The Australian Federal Police Association has named Superintendent Richard Roberts as the man who “appears to have taken his own life” at the AFP national headquarters in the Edmund Barton Building, Canberra, yesterday.
An AFP spokesperson also confirmed that “a member of the AFP” had died, in a statement to news.com.au.
“A brief is now being prepared for the ACT Coroner,” the spokesperson said.
The AFP did not respond to further questions regarding the matter.
News.com.au understands the AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin this morning “spoke to troops” to inform them of the tragedy in an email and video to colleagues nationwide.
It’s the third incident in which an AFP officer appeared to take their own life inside one of the organisation’s buildings since the start of last year.
In November 2017, AFP member Malcolm Scott, 59, walked into the foyer of the organisation’s Melbourne building and took his own life just before 9am on a Saturday.
Mr Colvin said at the time that it was “with great sadness I can confirm one of our police officers has died in Melbourne”.
“The male officer was found by colleagues in the AFP’s Melbourne Headquarters in La Trobe Street,” he said.
Mr Scott’s death followed that of colleague Sue Jones, 53, a mother-of-two who died by in shockingly similar circumstances in the same building earlier that year. Mr Scott and Ms Jones had worked on the same team within the Melbourne branch, according to colleagues who spoke to news.com.au. Both deaths were later deemed to be non-suspicious.
Independent police advocacy and support group Blue Hope spokesman Mark Kelly previously told news.com.au he was concerned officers might be trying to send a message by taking their lives in the workplace.
“It’s tragic and does point to problems in the AFP,” he said.
“We’ve been contacted by a lot of members who have been struggling with PTSD.”
‘THIS JOB’S F***ED’
One AFP source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, today told news.com.au that the only thing he believed “would fix the (organisation’s) welfare system is a royal commission”.
“It needs intense scrutiny that the agencies can’t cover up,” he said.
“We have an expression in our job: TJF — this job’s f***ed.
“Morale is in the toilet. We know we have no support and no backing from most of the management.”
The source described the company’s external Employee Assistance Program as inadequate.
“If the Employee Assistance Program they always reference was adequate we wouldn’t have members falling like flies,” he said.
“(Some soft drink companies) have a more functional and workable welfare system than we do.
“It’s not just the AFP; I know of many people from state forces and other emergency services who are struggling and getting no support.”
In March this year, the high rate of suicide deaths and mental health conditions experienced by first responders — including emergency service workers and volunteers — prompted a federal Parliament committee to launch an inquiry into the role of the Commonwealth and the states to address the issues.
The inquiry is expected to release its report on the matter in February 2019.
It came after almost 100 past and present AFP agents contacted news.com.au to report widespread mental health issues among first responders within the organisation, mismanagement of the issue, and a disturbing internal bullying culture.
News.com.au exposed the issues in an investigative series, which prompted the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) to audit the AFP’s management of mental health within the organisation.
The report, released on March 7 this year, found that the “AFP lacks a comprehensive and consolidated organisational health and wellbeing framework to enable effective management and support of employee mental health”.
“While the AFP offers a variety of mental health support services, there is no evidence that these services are effective and they are not supported by sound governance, risk management, evaluation or an articulated business rationale,” the report read.
“The AFP does not currently have in place mechanisms or sufficient data to appropriately align resources with key mental health risks.”
The ANAO made six recommendations, which the AFP agreed to implement as part of its “new Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the organisation” by mid-May this year.
The AFP also engaged the Phoenix Australia Centre to conduct an independent mental health review into the organisation. It released its report earlier this year and made 37 recommendations to be implemented over five years.
But for some, it’s proven too little, too late.
‘THE SHOCK AND SADNESS IS VERY REAL’
Tributes have flowed in on social media for the AFP officer who died in Canberra yesterday.
“I work with him, truly great guy and a real gentleman,” one person wrote.
“The shock and sadness is very real here today. RIP mate.”
Another wrote: “Another tragic loss, thoughts go out to family, friends and colleagues. So terribly sad, please always talk, share you concerns and fears, we need to always be there for one another.”
The widow of NSW Police homicide detective Ashley Bryant, a father who took his own life in 2013, also weighed in on the tragedy — as well as an apparent suicide of a NSW paramedic the day before — in a public post on social media.
“I think that it’s important that we don’t assume those suffering from a psychological injury have not asked for help,” Deborah Bryant wrote.
“In many cases, they have indeed sought help and have been surrounded by family, friends and colleagues who have given all the support they can give.
“We need to acknowledge that disclosure of a psychological injury does not automatically make it better. It is a fight that is fought day by day, and all too often minute by minute.
“If we as a society truly want to stop these suicide deaths or indeed the many more ‘living deaths’ of our Service Personnel, then we need to rally our governments to provide the foundations of support unique to what our service men and women suffer.
“A good start would be dedicated mental health facilities, so that when they seek treatment they are not sitting in the same room as criminals and drug addicts.
“We also need to collectively demand our governments provide income support directly, rather than through privatised runners, so that our service men and women can continue to support their families and be given time to heal without the burden of unnecessary and emasculating demands to ‘prove’ they are worthy of this support.”
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.
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”.
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”
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.
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.