Paul Anthony BRENNAN
Previously recorded as:
Unknown MALE VicPol member – suicide 2
Victoria Police Force
Regd. # 36201
Rank: Senior Constable
Stations: ?, Kingston Crime Investigation Unit, Mordialloc – death
Service: From ? ? ? to pre 11 February 2016 = ? years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 25 May 1981
Died on: Wednesday 10 February 2016
Funeral date: Thursday 18 February 2016 @ 11am
Funeral location: St Louis de Montfort primary school hall, Dolphin Street Aspendale, Victoria
Buried at: ?
Memorial at: ?
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Unnamed male who suicided the week pre 11 February 2016.
This officer 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.
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 ( Ray McNISH ) 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.
BRENNAN, Paul Anthony
Today we remember a great man of our club and the community.
Our sincere condolences to the family & friends of Paul Brennan who tragically passed away overnight.
The Mordialloc Football club have extended an invitation to all SBMT players and supporters to join them at Mordy HQ today to celebrate Paul’s life from 5pm
Dez Dierickx Such terrible news!!!, I played football with Paul through juniors, great bloke and family, my thoughts are with them today!
Luke Healy Such terrible news! But a legend who will be remembered fondly by many. RIP Brezza. Thoughts and condolences are with Ann and Neil in this time.
Alicia Womersley One of the greats! RIP Paul, your cheeky smile and contagious laugh will be missed.
Seana Hunt A very special man to so many. Love and best wishes to Ann and family at this very sad time
In lieu of flowers the family request a donation be made to Beyond Blue (envelopes will be available on the day).Following the funeral service light refreshments will be served at the rear of the school hall. Ann Brennan, Neil Brennan & Karin Laidlaw then invite all family & friends of Pauls to join together at Mordy HQ (Mordialloc Sporting Club) 528 Main Street Mordialloc from 2pm to share your memories of ‘one of the greats’.
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‘Team Brezza’ ” Chris Jamieson (Rocco), Simon Barker (Simmo) and Matthew Joyce (‘Bingo’ or ‘Jars’) are going to participate in Australia’s most stunning Ultra-Marathon- The Great Ocean Road 60KM Ultra Marathon!We’re going to raise money for Beyond Blue who passionately provide information and support to the lives of people who are experiencing anxiety and depression. Currently we have raised $2700 Cheers to all who have supported so far.Where also looking at other ways we can fundraise for this event. (Details to come).I know Brezza had a big impact on many people in Melbourne’s southern suburbs, so I’m hoping many of you will get behind this good cause.Every little bit helps so please donate now by clicking on the link and pressing donate .Thank you for your support.
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