Norman James WATT
( grew up in Chinchilla )
Queensland Police Force
Joined Qld Police Force via Qld Police Cadet System 1986 – 1987
Regd. # ?
Rank: Senior Constable
Stations: Dog Squad – death
Service: From ? ? 1986 to 21 July 2000 = ? years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: ? ? ?
Died on: 21 July 2000
Cause: Shot – murdered – Alton Downs, Qld
Funeral date: 25 July 2000
Buried at: Nerimbera Memorial Cemetery, Rockhampton, Qld
At 9.22pm on Thursday 20 July 2000 Information was received at the Rockhampton communications room regarding a serious domestic dispute that was taking place on a property at Alton Downs 15kms north-west of Rockhampton.
An ex-serviceman named Royce William Cooper (58yrs) had fired three (3) shots at a friend during an argument at the property.
Senior Constable Norm Watt the dog squad officer on duty was one of a number of police directed to attend the scene. Officers arrived at the property and immediately placed a cordon around the residence.
In the darkness Cooper had exited his house and camouflaged himself amongst bushes in the yard.
At a little after midnight Senior Constable Watt and another officer went to view the house from another vantage point. As Senior Constable Watt moved toward the house a shot was heard and Senior Constable Watt fell to the ground. Fellow officers were unable to safely approach their fallen colleague to render assistance as they were unaware of Cooper’s exact location.
An armoured vehicle from the Rockhampton correctional Centre was summoned and recovered the body of Senior Constable Watt.
The officer was officially pronounced dead at 3.47am.
A post mortem examination revealed that the bullet had severed Senior Constable Watt’s femoral artery causing death within minutes of being hit.
After a seven hour siege Cooper surrendered to police. He was later charged and convicted of murder in the Rockhampton Supreme Court and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Senior Constable Norman James Watt is buried in the Nerimbera Memorial Cemetery Rockhampton.
Cemetery location: Grave location is: Sect. ROG Row. 8 Grave 12
Police remember slain dog squad officer
A memorial service has been held at Rockhampton in central Queensland to honour a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Today marks 10 years since the shooting death of Senior Constable Norman James Watt.
The 33-year-old dog squad officer was killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on a property at Alton Downs, west of Rockhampton.
Queensland Police Service commissioner Bob Atkinson says Senior Constable Watt paid the ultimate sacrifice and died serving the community he had sworn to protect.
“Norm was many things – a husband, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a colleague, a fine police officer, and with his dog Zeus they were a fine team,” he said.
Mr Atkinson says the bond between dog squad officers and their animals is incredible, and dogs live with their handlers full-time.
“In most cases those officers work alone and most of the time they work through the night alone with their dog, and the bond they form is very close,” he said.
Zeus was retired immediately after the shooting and was cared for by Senior Constable Watt’s wife, until he died of kidney failure 18-months later.
Officer’s family joins march
Widow Anna Watt and her niece took part in this morning’s march from Rockhampton City Hall to the memorial garden at the Rockhampton Police Station.
She was flanked by two dog squad officers with pups-in-training, followed by a large number of Rockhampton police officers.
The Queensland Police Pipes and Drums led the procession.
During the ceremony, family, friends and former colleagues of Senior Constable Watt laid floral tributes under a plaque commemorating his death.
Senior Constable Watt’s brother, Greg Watt said it was an honour to witness the respect shown by colleagues and the community.
Commissioner Bob Atkinson says Senior Constable Watt was one of three Queensland police officers killed in the line of duty in the past ten years.
15 years may have passed, but Norm is still alive in our hearts
Police across the State will take a moment today to remember Senior Constable Norman James Watt who died whilst on duty in Rockhampton fifteen years ago.
At 9.22pm on Thursday July 20 2000, officers were called to a hobby farm at Alton Downs, west of Rockhampton, after reports that a serious domestic dispute was taking place during which a man had fired three shots at a friend.
Senior Constable Norm Watt, a member of the Rockhampton Dog Squad, was also called to the scene with his dog, PD Zeus.
Officers arrived and began to put a cordon around the residence. It was just after midnight when a shot was heard and Senior Constable Watt was seen to fall to the ground.
Senior Constable Watt was pronounced dead on Friday July 21 at 3.47am. After a seven hour siege the offender surrendered to police and was later charged with murder and found guilty.
Senior Constable Watt was buried in the Nerimbera Memorial Cemetery Rockhampton and is remembered as a dear friend, a dedicated officer and a ‘stand up’ guy.
Fifteen years may have passed but to those who knew Norm, he is still alive in our hearts.
After Norm’s passing, Police Dog Zeus lived a happy retirement with Norm’s partner and passed away from old age a few years ago.