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Patrick John CLEARY


Patrick John CLEARY

AKA  ? 

Late of  ? 


“possible” relation in ‘the job’:    ?


NSW Goulburn Police Academy –  Class #  DPP 03 ( Class 277 )


New South Wales Police Force


Regd. #  34??? 


Rank:  Commenced Training at Goulburn Police Academy on Monday ? ? ?

Probationary Constable- appointed Friday 3 September 1999 ( aged 20 years, 4 months, 24 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( N/A )


Final Rank: =  Detective Senior Constable


Stations:  ?, Chatswood JIRT office – Death


Service: From  ? ? 1999   to  24 November 2005  6 years Service


Retirement / Leaving age: =  30 years, 8 months, 20 days

Time in Retirement from Police:  0


Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system


 Born:  Tuesday 4 March 1975

Died on Thursday 24 November 2005 during the morning

Age:  30 years, 8 months, 20 days

Organ Donor:  Y / N / ?


Cause:   Depression – Suicide – Departmental Firearm

Event location: at Chatswood JIRT office – opposite Chatswood Police Station, NSW

Event date:   Thursday 24 November 2005


Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location



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any Future Wake location??? 

any Future Wake date???

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Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at:   Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium,

Grave:  Portion:  North East Terrace,  Garden Plinth, Row:  5,   Plot: 86 ?

GPS:  -33.793889  –  151.154167

Patrick John CLEARY, Patrick CLEARY, Pat CLEARY: In Loving Memory of Patrick John CLEARY 4 March 1975 - 24 November 2005. Loved and remembered by Family and Friends. May you Rest In Peace.
Photo Credit: Lynn Lucas – Sept. 2022


Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2022 )



PAT is NOT mentioned on the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance  * BUT SHOULD BE

PAT is NOT mentioned on the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra ( last checked 130922 / 170723 )  *NEED MORE INFO

PAT IS NOT mentioned on the Sydney Police Centre Memorial Wall, Surry Hills ( Sept. 2022 / 170723 )





May they forever Rest In Peace 

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At Chatswood police station in November 2005, Detective Senior Constable Patrick Cleary shot himself dead before colleagues arrived for work.


Patrick is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance


Again a policeman clocks on, kills himself

By Les Kennedy
November 25, 2005

What possesses some people to do the unspeakable to little children – even their own?

Patrick Cleary was a police officer who plunged into the dark secrets of families to catch sex offenders or those who preyed on and cruelly abused children.

Yesterday, barely six years after joining the NSW Police Service, and three years after becoming a detective, the 31-year-old was found shot dead in an apparent suicide.

The Police Operations Commander, Deputy Commissioner Andrew Scipione, said the death marked a sad day for the NSW Police. At least three other officers in the past four years have taken their own lives in stations with their own service weapons.

“Today is a very tragic day for the NSW Police Force. We have lost a very, very good officer,” Mr Scipione said. “At this stage I might indicate that there appear to be no suspicious circumstances and it has just been a terrible, terrible tragedy. I am told he was a first-class officer, and that is a real loss to us.”

Detective Cleary, who grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches, had since July been in charge of the Chatswood Joint Investigation Response Team, comprising four detectives and four investigators from the Department of Community Services.

The unit had responsibility for investigating all child abuse cases from North Sydney to Hornsby, on Sydney’s outskirts.

The tight-knit unit which dealt with the stuff of nightmares – little children recounting their ordeals at the hands of abusers – coped by reassuring themselves that whatever the outcome, even traumatic family separations, they were protecting the weak.

But police said yesterday that no one recognised the emotional turmoil within Detective Cleary.

His death, which has shocked officers in all nine metropolitan joint investigation response teams as well as the 60-officer Child Protection and Serious Sex Crimes Squad at Parramatta, is the subject of an intensive investigation by a critical incident team from the homicide squad.

But Mr Scipione, who addressed Detective Cleary’s distraught colleagues, said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

He said the officers and the DOCS investigators who worked with Detective Cleary were receiving counselling.

Those in the response teams received counselling every three months to determine how they were coping, but this would now be reviewed.

“No one ever knows why these tragedies happen. We may never know,” he said.

Detective Cleary’s widowed mother was comforted by the head of the Child Protection and Serious Sex Crimes Squad, Helen Begg, who broke the news to her at her home yesterday.

Police said it appeared Detective Cleary had arrived early for work, disconnecting the alarm to the office.

He had been dead for up to an hour before his body was found. There was a single gunshot wound to the head.

A co-worker found him in a room away from his office at 8.45am. Lying beside his body was his Glock semi-automatic service pistol. There was no note.

Police said Detective Cleary had graduated from the police academy in September 1999.

For the three years he worked at Dee Why and Manly police before joining the Chatswood JIRT team as a Senior Constable.

“He dealt with the problems of fragile young people, taking it in. It’s not a good thing,” one officer said yesterday.


Newcastle Anglican diocese business manager John Cleary’s work is his late detective brother’s legacy


JOHN Cleary carried a photo of his late brother Pat with him as he gave evidence on Wednesday about the Anglican Church’s shocking history of child sexual abuse in the Hunter region.

Patrick CLEARY - NSWPF - Suicide - 24 November 2005 ( in uniform ). His brother - John CLEARY in striped tie.
Patrick CLEARY – NSWPF – Suicide – 24 November 2005 ( in uniform ). His brother – John CLEARY in striped tie.


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.



13 January 2014



2 thoughts on “Patrick John CLEARY

  • I am Pat’s brother John and have just noticed this website and material. happy to assist with any details people need about Pat.

    • Hi John,
      Condolences to you and the family mate.

      What I would like to finalise Pat’s Memorial Post is his Registered number; the date he started at Goulburn Academy; the dates he attained his various Ranks; his Stations / Units of attachment; the funeral date and location; verification of the Plot number: 86?
      Any photos or video or audio that you would like to share on his Memorial.
      Any further information that you think is appropriate for his Memorial.
      Did Pat have any Relatives in ” the job ” ( Past or Present )
      Any Awards or Commendations he may have received.

      I also note that, at a minimum, Pat is Not mentioned on the Sydney Police Centre Memorial Wall at Surry Hills. I don’t know if he is mentioned on the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance in Sydney though. He should be Honoured on, at least, one of those Walls.

      Greg ‘ Cal ‘ Callander
      NSWPF # 17463
      1975 – 2003


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