David Henry JAMES
New South Wales Police Force
Trained at Penrith Police College – 1949
Regd. # 6449
Service # 2459
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 13 June 1949
Constable – appointed 13 June 1950 but his Seniority date was 1 May 1950
On the 12 October 1954 he Passed his qualifying exam to be designated ‘ Detective ‘
Detective Constable 1st Class – appointed 1 May 1956
Detective Senior Constable – appointed 1 May 1961
Detective Sergeant 3/c – appointed 9 May 1966
Detective Sergeant 2/c – appointed 1 September 1973
Detective Sergeant 1st Class – appointed 1 March 1976
Detective Inspector – appointed 10 May 1980
Retired – Medically Unfit – 11 May 1983
Stations: 4 July 1949 – Regent St ( 2 Division ) General Duties,
21 May 1951 – Regent St ( 2 Division ) Vice Squad,
5 March 1952 – Darlinghurst ( 3 Division ) Vice Squad,
13 October 1952 – Hornsby ( 16 Division ) Relieving & Test,
22 May 1953 – Central ( 1 Division ) doing Criminal Investigation duties permanently,
16 January 1956 – Chester Hill – C.I. Duties ( 26 Division – Merrylands was the Head Station ),
21 October 1957 – Chester Hill – C.I. Duties
21 June 1960 – Liverpool – C.I. Duties ( 22 Division ),
28 July 1967 – CIB C.I. Duties ( 20 Division ),
5 January 1968 – Burwood CIB C.I. Duties ( 9 Division ),
1 March 1974 – Flemington C.I. Duties ( 32 Division ),
16 February 1975 – Penrith C.I. Duties ( 23 Division ),
18 September 1977 – CIB as Duty Officer ( 20 Division ),
6 November 1977 – G District as Assistant to Detective Inspector,
1 December 1978 – Internal Affairs – Investigative Staff – Retirement
Service: From ? ? Pre June 1949 to 11 May 1983 = 33+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal – recommended on 10 March 1972 – Awarded on 28 March 1972
Born: 10 August 1928 @ Kurri Kurri, NSW
Died on: Sunday 15 January 2017
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David was a Clerk for 3.5 years and also enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy on 10 April 1947 and was discharged ” Demobilised ” on the 9 April 1949 with the rank of Able Seaman and had a “very good’ Character on discharge.
He joined the NSW Police Force as a single man in 1949 but married on 12 November 1949.
Upon joining the NSWPF, he was described as: 5′ 10.5″, 11 stone 12 lb, Brown eyes, Fair hair, Fair complexion
He obtained his Bronze Medallion in Life Saving.
He was qualified as a Solo Cyclist on 31 August 1949 and then qualified on an ‘Outfit’ ( cycle / sidecar ) on 5 January 1953.
He Failed the Constable 1st Class exam on 26 August 1952 but Passed on 25 August 1953.
On the 12 October 1954 he Passed his qualifying exam to be designated ‘ Detective ‘.
Interestingly, he qualified to drive General duty utilities & light trucks on 29 January 1964.
He Passed his Sergeant 3/c exam on 10 February 1960 and Passed his Sergeant 1/c exam on 14 May 1969 and was appointed Sgt 1/c on 1 March 1976.
He Passed his Inspector 3/c exam on 11 May 1976.
In 1972 he qualified for the award of Diploma in Criminology.
He completed the Senior Police Course, # 2 of 1978
He completed the Inspectors’ Course, # 4 conducted from 13 – 24 July 1981
On the 19 September 1950 he was Commended for the good policemanship and keen powers of observation exhibited by him in bringing about the arrest of John HOGARTH at the Central Railway Station on 10 March 1950. With only a meagre description of the offender, which had been read to him when going on duty, the Probationary Constable was able to recognise and bring about the arrest of the offender, who had been responsible for many ” cat burglaries “. Seniority date advanced to 1 May 1960, as recommended by the Committee of Appraisement. J.F.S. Commissioner of Police 19 September 1950.
Commended for his powers of observation and keen interest in the discharge of his duties which enabled him to effect the arrest of Kenneth Stewart at Glebe on a charge of breaking, entering and stealing, having recognised a description of a wanted person as that of a youth whom he had questioned a week before at Central Railway Station when he saw him loitering about.
On the 9 April 1964: Commended for part played in search for Monica SCHOFIELD, missing from Heathcote Hostel from 17th June, 1963, and in relation of inquiries which resulted in the arrest of her attacker, Barry RODRICK, and his subsequent conviction for murder. N.T.W. ALLAN Commissioner of Police. 9 April 1964.
On 7 June 1971: Commended for courage, leadership and devotion to duty at Berala on the 27th February, 1971 in confronting a mentally disturbed person who was armed with a loaded. 22 calibre repeating rifle and two dagger type knives and fired two shots in the direction of the Detective Sergeant prior to taking his own life. F.J. HANSON, for N.T.W. ALLAN, Commissioner of Police.
On 6 February 1980: Commended for good Policemanship and devotion to duty at Georges Hall on the 1 December 1978 when, while off duty and assisted by his son, now Probationary Constable G. D. James, he pursued a male suspect seen leaving a neighbour’s house.
During the chase, which covered a distance of about 1.5kms, the Sergeant stopped a passing motorist and then managed to overtake the young offender whom he tackled and, following a violent struggle, overpowered and arrested him with the help of his son. James T. LEES, Commissioner 6 February 1980
David may be identical to the David James & David Henry James in this family document – but this is NOT confirmed.