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aka  ‘ Doc ‘ & ‘ Jeff ‘

New South Wales Police Force

Redfern Police Academy Class # 123

Joined NSW Police Force via Police Cadet System on 2 December 1968

Cadet #2417

Regd # 14262

Rank: NSW Police Cadet – commenced on 2 December 1968 ( aged 17 years, 3 months, 24 days )

Probationary Constable – appointed 25 August 1970 ( aged 19 years )

Constable 1st Class – appointed 25 August 1975

Detective Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 24 March 1986

Stations:  Balmain, ?

Service:  From  2 December 1968  to  ? ? 2003 = 34 years Service

Stations: Balmain,  ?

Awards:  National Medal – granted 8 June 1988

1st Clasp to the National Medal – granted 27 September 1996

Born:  Saturday  25 August 1951

Died on:  Thursday  1 December 2011

Cause: Motor Neurone disease

Age:  60 years, 3 months, 6 days

Funeral date:  8 December 2011 @ 12.30pm

Funeral location:  Macquarie Park Crematorium

Buried at:  Cremated


The late detective sergeant Owen John (Jeff) Halliday (aka Doc).
The late detective sergeant Owen John (Jeff) Halliday (aka Doc).


OWEN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


Top NSW cop Detective Owen ‘Doc’ Halliday to be given full police funeral after losing battle with motor neurone disease

NSW detective Owen ‘Doc’ Halliday mixed it with some of Sydney’s roughest and dirtiest criminals – invariably coming out the winner.

Detective Halliday will be given a full police funeral tomorrow, attended by the state’s top officers after he lost his battle with motor neurone disease earlier this week.

Halliday, 60, was responsible for bringing ‘Mr Rent-a-kill‘, Christopher Dale Flannery, back to Sydney after he went into hiding in Melbourne in the 80s.

”He was one of the most tenacious detectives I have known,’’ said Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas.

Doc had a sense of fairness you don’t often see and had an incredible disdain for bullies. He was not only a great detective but a wonderful father and a terrific bloke.’’

Halliday was a mentor to many of the state’s now-senior police and worked on some of the most high-profile cases of the 80s.

These included the Family Law Court bombings, the murder of  Justice David Opas and the murders of the Turkish consul and his bodyguard in the eastern suburbs.

He also investigated the gangland murders of underworld figures Mick Sayers and Roy Thurgar .

Halliday, or ‘Doc’ as he was known, joined the force in 1968 as a police cadet and was sworn in as a constable in 1970.

Much of his career was centred in the Balmain area where he became known to locals, both good and bad.

Besides a passion for the police force Halliday was a talented footballer playing first grade rugby league for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 80s, in the era when they were known as the “Entertainers”.

Halliday retired as a decorated detective sergeant in 2003.

A service will be held at Macquarie Park Crematorium today.

He is survived by his wife Kay and his two sons Shane and Chad, both serving NSW police officers.



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