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Jon Leslie HAYES


Jon Leslie HAYES

AKA  ? 

Late of  ? 


“possible” relation in ‘the job’:    ?


Northern Territory Police Academy –  Squad #  ? ? ? 


Northern Territory Police Force


Regd. #  1142


Rank: Commenced Training at N.T. Police Academy on Monday 29 September 1980 ( aged 25 years, 8 months, 5 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed ? ? ?

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 


Final Rank: =  Detective Sergeant 


Stations:  Darwin, Task Force, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs – Death


Service: From  29 September 1980   to   22 June 1997  =  16 years, 8 months, 24 days Service


Retirement / Leaving age:?

Time in Retirement from Police:  0


Awards:  National Medal – granted 6 August 1997 ( Sgt – Posthumously )


 Born:  Monday 24 January 1955

Died on:  Sunday 22 June 1997

Age:  42 years, 4 months, 29 days

Organ Donor:  Y / N / ?


Cause:  Depression – Suicide – Hanging 

Event location:   ?

Event date:  Sunday 22 June 1997

Jon Leslie HAYES, Jon HAYES, John HAYES

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location?



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Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?

Grave Location: Row:  ?,  Plot:  ?

Grave GPS?, ?



Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( January 2023 )



  JON is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra  *NEED MORE INFO





May they forever Rest In Peace 

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Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),

Tuesday 31 January 1984, page 6

NT policeman drowns in car accident

DARWIN: A policeman drowned at the weekend after the patrol car he was travelling in rolled off a wharf at Darwin.

Police said yesterday that Detective Sergeant Ian Bradford, 37, and his partner were patrolling the Old Fort Hill wharf at 11.30pm on Saturday when their patrol car rolled off the edge of the dark pier.

Sergeant Bradford‘s partner, who was driving, struggled back to shore and was treated for shock and lacerations.

Police divers recovered Sergeant Bradford‘s body just after midnight. He is survived by his wife, Dianne, and three children.

Police said a report on the incident had been submitted to the Coroner.


Detective Sergeant Second Class Ian BRADFORD was a passenger in a CIB vehicle which was patrolling the Darwin wharf area just prior to midnight on the 28 January 1984.

The Wharf was being extended to join up with another section and was incomplete.

The vehicle went over the edge between the two wharves.

The driver, Detective Jon HAYES, managed to get out of the sinking car, and although he dived down several times to try to extricate the passenger, Detective Bradford was knocked unconscious and drowned inside the police vehicle.

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Detective Sergeant Bradford joined the NT Police Force on 19 February 1973 and served in Darwin and Alyangula.
Ian and his partner, Jon Hayes were patrolling the Darwin Wharf area just prior to midnight on 28 January ( 1984 ), when their police car drove off the Fort Hill wharf, which was under construction.
Despite Jon’s valiant efforts Ian drowned. He left behind his wife, Di, and three young children – Philip, Graham and Paula.
Thank you for your service.



There is no doubt that, Jon, being the driver of the police vehicle at the time of the accident at Darwin Wharf, ( in January 1984 ) which resulted in the drowning death of his policing partner, Ian Bradford, weighed very heavily upon the mind of Jon at the time leading up to Jon‘s suicide in 1997.

Even 13 years after the accident, I know that it weighs very heavy upon the mind.

May Jon Forever Rest In Peace.



30 January 2023


Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.



30 January 2023



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