Kenneth John SHORT


Kenneth John SHORT

aka  Shorty  &  John

New South Wales Police Force

Academy Class 211

[alert_yellow]Regd. # 22101[/alert_yellow]

Rank:  Probationary Constable – appointed 21 June 1985

Constable – appointed 21 June 1986

Stations:  Bankstown, Engadine ( 24 Division ) & Police Rescue Squad – Engadine

ServiceFrom  9 April 1985  to  11 July 1990 = 5+ years Service

Awards:  Nil

Born:  Thursday  19 July 1962

Died on:  Wednesday  11 July 1990

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Collision – On Duty – front passenger ( raining )

Event location:  Old Princes Hwy & Old Bush Rd, Yarrawarra

Age:  27

Funeral date: Monday  16 July 1990

Funeral location:  St John Bosco Catholic Church, Engadine

Buried at:  Woronora Memorial Park, Linden St, Sutherland

General Plaque Lawn

Section:  Wattle Lawn  Lot:  19

Lat/Lng: -34.03618, 151.04945

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

About 9.30am on 11 July, 1990 Constable Short was the observer in a police vehicle travelling along the Old Princes Highway, Yarrawarra. The police were attending an armed holdup at the ANZ Bank, Jannali and when approaching the intersection of Old Bush Road the police vehicle veered across the roadway and collided head-on with another car. Constable Short was killed instantly.

There was also a Student Police Officer ( S.P.O. ) in the back seat of the Police vehicle at the time of the collision.


The constable was born in 1962 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 9 April, 1985. He was sworn in on Friday 21 June, 1985. At the time of his death he was stationed at Engadine.



On the day of his funeral, the procession drove past Engadine Police Station – travelling between the Church Service and the Cemetery.



Before he joined ” the job “, Ken was shot by an unknown assailant at George’s Hall @ 1983.  That incident was attended by Greg McMahon with Sgt 1/c Alec Morton. Shot in a very private part and very lucky to have not suffered a lasting injury. RIP Ken.


Please follow and like us:
Notify of
1 Comment
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Ken came and saw me after this incident. I remember he told me his three bullet wounds hand , next to Kidney and yes nearly lost the ability to father his babies . I remember his toughness and gentle heart and his big brother Glen. I liked his sisters and Dad … His best mate John , we surfed all together one holiday in Old Bar up near Taree and he also bought off me my left handed Suzuki guitar … Was thing about you today mate … R.I.P my surfing brother… love Dave

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x