Martin James VEAL
Previously recorded as:
Unknown MALE VicPol member – suicide 3
Victoria Police Force
Regd. # 30157
Rank: Training – Academy April 1994 – August 1994
Sergeant – appointed June 2009
Stations: Coburg GD’s ( August 1994 – July 2002 ),
Melbourne City Police Station – Senior Constable on GD’s ( July 2002 – March 2007 ),
Heidelberg – GD’s ( March 2007 – June 2009 ),
Information System and Security Command ( Sgt on the Criminal Justice Enhancement Program – June 2009 – December 2010 ),
Operations Response Unit ( Specialist Duties – December 2010 – September 2011 ),
Victoria Police Air Wing ( September 2011 – March 2013 ),
LEAP Management Unit then Business Readiness & Transition Unit – assigned to LEDR Mk 2 project ( March 2013 – 1 June 2015 )
Service: From 4 April 1994 to 1 June 2015 = 21+ years Service
Awards: Victoria Police Service Medal with 20 year clasp
National Police Medal – posthumously awarded at his funeral – 9 June 2015
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Born: 11 December 1968
Died on: Monday 1 June 2015 about 5 a.m.
Cause: Suicide – shot with Service weapon – on Sick Leave at the time
Funeral date: Tuesday 9 June 2015 @ 2pm
Funeral location: Great Hall, The Centre Ivanhoe,
275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe
Buried at: Cremated
Memorial at: ?
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Good Afternoon, my name is Damian Downie ( Sen Sgt ) and today I would like to take you through the service history of Sergeant Martin Veal or as we all knew him, Marty.
Firstly I would like to say that it was an honour and a privilege to manage and work with Marty over the last 2 and half years.
In April 1994 Marty began his career as a recruit at the Victoria Police Academy.
From August 1994 through to 2002 Marty worked in the Coburg area as a Constable performing general duties. In that time the Superintendents comments on Marty’s work performance were:
“A team player who will be an asset to his next station.” and
“A professional, conscientious, effective and efficient member who is an asset to the Force and displays potential for promotion”
The reasons behind these comments were Marty’s excellent work ethic and his tenacious nature. In May 2000 while working at Coburg Police Station, Commander Peter Graham commended Marty for his good work in that:
“After an armed robbery on Pascoe Vale Road Marty used his local knowledge of the area to predict in advance the escape route of the offenders in which Marty arrested both of the offenders, recovered the knife used in the armed robbery and the victims cash.”
In July 2002, Marty transferred to Melbourne City Police Station as a Senior Constable performing general duties. In that time the Superintendents comment on Marty’s work performance was:
“A well conducted member whose work performance was above satisfactory.”
In March 2007 Marty transferred to Heidelberg Uniform performing general duties. In that time the Superintendents comment on Marty’s work performance was:
“An efficient, mature and hard working member whose work performance was above average.”
Testament to this:
In May 2007 while at Heidelberg Marty was recognised for his good work in arresting a rapist and preserving the crime scene that supported the conviction of the offender, and showing the diversity of Marty’s skills.
In that same month Marty was at the scene of an accident where one of the drivers forwarded a letter of thanks to the Officer in Charge of Heidelberg. The lady involved in the car accident wanted to thank Marty for his professionalism and support.
In June 2009 Marty was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to one of the most innovate IT projects at the time, being the Criminal Justice Enhancement Program. Marty was an asset to the project with his extensive operational knowledge and problem solving skills. Marty’s efforts helped to deliver enhancements to the way Victoria Police managed offenders and communicated with other government departments.
In December 2010 Marty transferred to the Operations Response Unit where he performed specialist duties such as assisting local police with public safety, road policing and crime reduction.
In September 2011 Marty had the opportunity and transferred to the Victoria Police Air wing. Marty was involved in a range of specialist activities including:
- Aerial observation and tactical assistance for ground units.
- Crime prevention and detection with regular patrols of metropolitan Melbourne.
- Supporting ground units involved in pursuits
- Search and Rescue missions
In March 2013 Marty transferred to what was then the LEAP Management Unit, and then on to the Business Readiness and Transition Unit. When Marty transferred we identified that he had an extensive operational, IT and specialist services knowledge. As a result of this knowledge Marty was assigned to the LEDR Mk2 Project. I met Marty when he commenced at the LEDR Mk2 Project and over the next 2 and half years it was my pleasure to work with him.
In his role on the LEDR Mk2 Project Marty was instrumental in delivering an IT system that benefits operational members and people in the Victorian Community. I was always impressed with Marty’s work ethic, his problem solving skills and dedication to supporting operational members.
Marty has been awarded the Victoria Police Service Medal with 20 year clasp, National Medal and the National Police Medal of which he will be awarded posthumously today.
Marty was a team player and he will be missed by me, people in our office and the Victoria Police community.
On behalf of Victoria Police and the Information, Systems and Security Command we’d like to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Veal family and their loved ones.
VEAL, Martin James
Banyule Cricket Club wishes to express its condolences in the very sad passing of Marty Veal. Our thoughts are prayer’s are with Marty’s family and friends during this sad time. A valued member, friend and mentor to many. He will be sadly missed by all.
Banyule Cricket Club This morning a son, brother, father, team mate, friend and colleague was lost. Marty was one of the most genuine men I’ve come to know. He was a loving, caring, passionate, hard working man who would go above and beyond to help out off his own bat. I am absolutely shattered, and wish to share my sincerest condolences with the entire Veal family whom are so heavily in our thoughts on this incredibly sad day. To Marty, I say thank you for being a mentor, a team mate whom shared my love for Banyule and for being a friend to celebrate with and confine in whenever I needed. You’ll be forever remembered and cherished.
I’m sure I can pass on condolences on behalf of the GCC as many have played against. RIP Marty.
We regret to advise that Marty Veal died tragically in the early hours this morning.
We are opening the Chelsworth Club rooms tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 6.30pm for any past players, supporters, members who wish to have a chat and drink following this devastating news.
All are welcome.
Paul Northey The class of 86 is devastated by this news and there have been many messages shared today between our crew. A few of us were lucky to catch up with him at the OIG centenary dinner a month or so ago and I was lucky enough to sit next to him, something I will always be grateful for. A freak of an athlete, fantastic teammate (1st XIII, 1st XI and OIGFC), always interested in how you were going and always with a smile on his face. We are grieving today for our mate who was blessed with incredible talent and intelligence who followed his own path in life, sometimes the road less travelled. I was able to sneak a final year of footy in 98 back at OIGFC and my only teammates left from the 1st XVIII of 86 were AP and Marty. I was blessed to play that year with the great MV, sweeping across half back like a quarterback controlling the ground as if it were his own…..and it was! He was so proud of his boys and our hearts ache for them and the rest of the Veal family who are in our thoughts. Rest peacefully MV!
John William Stevens I loved playing with you because you had a calming influence over the team. If it was a tight game I always felt safe when you were there and knew we’d win and most of the time we did. You were a fantastic player and a wonderful clubman. You bled brown and white and the brown and white community is feeling your pain tonight. My thoughts and love go out to the whole Veal family who have given so much to our great club. I will always picture you sweeping across half back and pushing forward to kick one of your legendary goals in front of the pavilion. We will honour you at our 20 year reunion, a year in which you won the B and F and dominated in the GF. Here’s a picture of 2 of our greats sharing a beer with you tonight from the other side of the world. The third beer is for you mate. RIP
Our thoughts and condolences to the Veal Family.
Steve Chalkley Martin …
My team mate. My committee mate. My confidant. My friend.
I can’t understand why and you, you strong stubborn headstrong bastard can’t explain it to me now.
A great man who we both know always told me there is a reason for the mad world we live in but I’m struggling to believe that right now.
You were more than a mate. More than a friend. You shed light when there was sometimes only dark.
You shook my hand on a wing one day (playing for Banyule) and told me I wouldn’t see you again. And your 35 possessions and 4 goals summed that up. I was banished to the seconds at OI almost never to return
I shared so many moments. Watched you determined to conquer what the world put before you. I am at a loss to figure this one.
I love you. I pay my respects to your family. I will always be indebted to you for how you made my life better.
I’m not religious but I trust you are at peace with yourself.
Richard Evans (Former VAFA President)
On Tuesday night I attended a gathering at Chelsworth Park, home of the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Football Club.
It was an impromptu gathering called by the President Kevin McLean. At very short notice, the Club came together to honour a former Captain and leader of the club, Martin (Marty) Veal.
Married for some fourteen years, with two young sons, Martin, a Policemen, his life ended tragically on Monday morning, the first day of a very cold winter.
Upon hearing this tragic news, the Club decided to invite all associated with it to meet at Chelsworth Park; come together and try to work out how such a tragedy could occur and how best to deal with the human emotions. A committee man, Dan Bodycoat, himself a Police officer and grief/trauma counsellor addressed all present.
Why you might ask am I relating this sad event to you?
For many years whilst privileged to be part of the VAFA Board I stressed on many occasions our Association was more than a football competition. We are a mixture of clubs; men and women, who by their association are uniquely placed to embrace each other in circumstances that I have described where we can support, console, show concern, and offer our help and love to those most in need of it.
I know Management and Board are across many of the issues, such as depression, confronting people in our clubs . In your position you are able to “strengthen our arm” in dealing with such issues and showing leadership.
Last evenings’ experience whilst sad was uplifting, to see over ninety young men and women embrace each other and share a sad burden that had befallen them and their club and to find comfort in each other’s company. I urge you all Management and Board, players and supporters, as you steer the future, to even further cement links and ties with everyone in the VAFA; embrace them, hear their story and always be there for them.
If you or anyone you know need to talk, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14. The VAFA and the player led initiative Thick and Thin encourage all in the VAFA community to #StartTheConvo if you or anyone in your circle need to talk.
Two Victoria Police officers take their own lives in a week
Victoria Police is grappling with the suicides of two officers in a week, as it awaits a high-level review of mental health issues within the force that is expected to recommend an overhaul of support services.
As Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton described the challenge of mental health issues among police as “one of the most important issues” he had to face, the families of the two officers were mourning the sudden losses.
In 41 days this year, two officers and a police employee have taken their lives. It has been almost 10 years since a Victoria Police officer died on duty, according to the Police Association honour roll.
The first officer who died this week was from Echuca police station, but ended his life at a house in Tocumwal, a small town in NSW about 110 kilometres to the north-east.
The other officer ( SenCon Paul Anthony BRENNAN ) was from Mordialloc station, and is understood to have taken his own life after being involved in a minor traffic incident in the bayside suburbs on Wednesday night.
Neither officer was on duty at the time of their deaths.
“The death by suicide of a police member is always cause for enormous concern at Victoria Police. Looking after our people is one of our highest priorities,” police spokeswoman Acting Sergeant Melissa Seach said.
“We are heavily committed to improving the mental health support available to all our staff.
“We know that anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress can all be triggered by the stressful situations our people can find themselves in.”
Acting Sergeant Seach said the Victoria Police Mental Health Review would be completed in late March. Mental health experts have been consulted as part of the review.
“Suicide has long been a problem for Victoria Police as it has been across the population in general.
“Victoria Police understands that with improvements in recognising and addressing mental health issues, the incidence of suicide can be reduced and we are committed to doing this.
“The organisation will continue to work … [with] partners such as the Police Association, beyondblue and independent universities to improve our services and ability to break down barriers and help those at risk.”
In October, The Age reported that an officer had taken her own life at a police station, soon after she was deemed fit to carry a service firearm, despite suffering from mental illness.
The leading senior constable ( Simon CARROLL ) was a mother of three.
It was also reported that a senior police officer who was charged with murder suffered mental health issues for almost a decade before he allegedly shot and killed a man during a routine intercept in Windsor in 2013.
He is believed to have an extensive history of psychiatric problems, raising further concerns about Victoria Police’s handling of mental illness and its policies surrounding access to firearms.
Mr Baker took extended leave on several occasions because of his illness, and was only allowed to resume work after approval from a Victoria Police psychiatrist.
But less than a year before the shooting, it is believed Mr Baker was involved in a serious altercation with another officer that should have set off alarms, according to colleagues of the accused man.
The coroner is also set to investigate the death of a sergeant ( Sergeant Martin James VEAL ) who took his own life last June.
It is believed at least five officer deaths are before the coroner. More than 40 Victoria Police officers have reportedly committed suicide since 1990.
The force said they would not comment on the circumstances of the officers’ deaths while they were the subject of coronial investigations, including whether they were reviewing access to service weapons.