Phillip Keith JACOBSON APM

Phillip Keith JACOBSON  APM

aka ‘ Evil ‘

NSW Police Academy Class # 137

Late of  Sawtell

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # 16117

Joined NSWPF as a Police Cadet on 1 May 1972

Cadet #  2815

Rank:   NSW Police Cadet – commenced 1 May 1972

Probationary Constable – appointed 17 December 1973

Constable 1st Class – appointed 17 December 1978

Senior Constable – appointed 17 December 1982

Senior Constable – Retired in 2013 after 41 years Service

Stations: Darlinghurst, Kings Cross, Cobar 1978 – 1983, Sawtell 1983 – 1990 Lock Up Keeper, Coffs Harbour 1990 – 2013

ServiceFrom  1 May 1972  to  ? ? 2013 =  41 years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 28 May 1990

Australian Police Medal ( APM ) – granted 8 June 2009

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 24 March 2000

Born:   Wednesday  10 November 1954

Died on:  Thursday  11 September 2014

Age:  59 yrs  10 mths  1 day

Cause:   Heart attack

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:  Thursday  18 September 2014 @ 10.30am

Funeral location: St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Gordon Street, COFFS HARBOUR

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JACO is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO




May they forever Rest In Peace


IN MEMORY: Phil Jacobson APM is fondly being remembered as a man who served his family, the Police Force and his community.
IN MEMORY: Phil Jacobson APM is fondly being remembered as a man who served his family, the Police Force and his community.

With regret I advise the death of Phillip Keith JACOBSON, 59 old, former Regd. No. 16117, a non-member of the RPA of Sawtell.

Phillip passed away on 11/09/2014 and his funeral is proposed to be held at 10.30am on Thursday 18th Instant at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Gordon Street, COFFS HARBOUR.


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A fitting farewell for ‘Jaco’

 The funeral of Phil Jacobson APM in Coffs Harbour today. Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advoca
The funeral of Phil Jacobson APM in Coffs Harbour today.   Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advocate

IN the measure of the man, a large crowd today celebrated the life of Phil Jacobson in Coffs Harbour.

Family and friends were joined by retired, former and serving police officers, who paid their final respects to the dedicated family man, decorated former police officer, surf club stalwart and revered Sawtell community leader.

In testament to the life Phil lived, and the generosity he shared throughout his 59-years, there was standing room only at Coffs Harbour’s St Augustine’s Catholic Church.

Phil is survived by his partner Suze, and was the loving father and father-in-law of Louise and Nifty, Mark and Amy, Kurt and Amy, Alicia and Ben, Bianka and Rebecca and Ronnie.

His children remembered an extraordinary man, who as a young father and sole parent served as a police officer while raising five children, then aged between 27 months and 13, following the sudden death of their mother Annette.

“Your memories will live on forever,” the family wrote in tribute to the beloved ‘Pa’ to six grandchildren.

A mile long police guard stood in honour of the man, many knew affectionately as ‘Jaco.’

“As police officers we are aware that incidents occur or matters arise that simply do not make sense or cannot be explained. The death of our esteemed former colleague, our mate, Phil Jacobson APM is one of those events,” Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Mark Holahan said.

“His loss is devastating to his immediate family, his communities that he served so selflessly, his friends and his police family. It is hard to understand why a good man is taken from us so early.

Phil served as a police officer for 41 years and he arrived on the Coffs Coast in 1983 from Cobar.

“His experience, knowledge and personality endeared him to all his colleagues,” Supt. Holahan said.

“His well developed sense of community saw him involved in many and varied interests including developing young people in rugby league and surf life saving.

“He carried this into the workplace and was able to coach and mentor many young police, probably hundreds in this command.

“He was an officer with a great deal of commonsense, loyal and trustworthy.

“Apart from his family, policing was his love.

“His overall ability was recognised in 2009 when he was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service in the Queen’s birthday honours list. For Phil this was a humbling experience.

“Not often is a Senior Constable awarded this award.

“For me as his Commander it was a well deserved honour, rightfully awarded to a more than worthy recipient.

“Phil’s presence in the workplace was reassuring, what we saw was what we got and how we miss it and him since his retirement.

“Rising to meet personal tragedy, passing on his life experiences to others and his engagement with his community, a police officer of the calibre of Phil cannot be replaced.

“His passing is a great loss to many. Quite simply it hurts. It is not fair. His life though, is an example.

“The people he has touched, the lives he has changed the difference he has made, that is his legacy.

“Good bye old mate. Thank you for being all that you were for your community.”

Many fond memories were shared of Phil’s time as a tireless servant for the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club, the Sawtell Golf Club, Apex and the Sawtell Panthers Rugby League club.

Public recognition of his community service came in 2012 when he was named ‘Sawtellian of the Year.’

Great mate Jason Breton, who served with Phil for a decade at the Coffs Harbour Police Station, remembered a man who always put others before himself.

“It’s strange in a way, but now that Phil is gone he is a better man, but then again we always knew that,” Jason said.

“He was an authority on policing, a man who was above title, there was no demarcation of rank when it came to Jaco, he was the man everyone looked up too for advice in policing and in life.

“Not too many senior constables have ever won the Australian Police Service Medal, but Jaco set the example.

“He was an exceptional police officer and an exceptional person.

“Even the crooks couldn’t help but like him, that’s what sort of bloke Jaco was, a true gentleman in every sense of the word,” he said.

Phil Jacobson was laid to rest this afternoon at the Coffs Harbour Lawn Cemetery at Karangi.




The Coffs Coast Advocate

13 September 2014


PHIL Jacobson APM has been remembered as ‘a man who put others before himself’ following his sudden passing this week.

A dedicated family man, community leader and decorated former police officer, the 59-year-old retired from duty as a Senior Constable last year after 41 years with the NSW Police Force.

Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Mark Holahan said Phil’s passing had devastated his immediate family, friends, the communities he served so selflessly and his police family.

“It is hard to understand why a good man is taken from us so early,” Supt Holahan said.

“The worth of a person is not the length of time they live.

“It is how they live their life, the legacy they leave and whether they have been good and virtuous.

“Perhaps Phil would have changed a few small things, but not too much.

“His life, as short as it was, was rich and rewarding. Rising to meet personal tragedy, passing on his life experiences to others and his engagement with his community, a police officer of the calibre of Phil cannot be replaced.

“Goodbye old mate.

“Thank you for being all that you were for your community.”

In 2009, Phil was awarded an Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work as a domestic violence liaison officer.

He was also a long-serving member of the Sawtell Surf Club, the Sawtell Golf Club, Apex and the Sawtell Panthers.

Born in Narromine and a gifted rugby league player, Phil played in the Eastern Suburbs Roosters’ 1976 premiership-winning Under-23s side.

After five years in the job at Cobar, Phil settled in Sawtell with his wife Annette and their young family in 1983.

Friends say they realised Phil’s true strength of character when as a single father he raised his five children.

In his last interview with The Advocate last September, Phil reflected on his family, career and retirement.

“Annette was 30 when she passed away and the kids were aged between 27 months and 13,” Phil said.

“I owe a lot to my parents, who helped me raise the family, the police department was remarkable and the police commanders I served under allowed me to work split shifts and early mornings to spend that valuable time at home.

“Being a father is the best thing I’ve done in my life and I’m the proud grandfather of five.

“I would like to thank friends and acquaintances both in and outside the police for their support over the years. Thanks, I’ve really enjoyed the journey,” he said at the time.


Coffs Coast Focus


Community all-rounder, Phil Jacobson

Phillip Keith JACOBSON
Phillip Keith JACOBSON

Phil Jacobson, Police Officer, single father, community all-rounder, 2012 Sawtellian of the Year winner and just a breat bloke.  Here we find out what motivates a man to continue giving to his community.



You’ve had a huge career, a rugby career with the Roosters, joining the Police Force in the early ‘70s, hitting the pavement in King Cross, before being transferred to Coffs Coast in the early ‘80s. Tell us about your outstanding career …

I was born and bred in Narromine, a small town of 3,000, 25 miles west of Dubbo. In 1971 I had an offer to play professional rugby league with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Their policy was that you had to have a job if you wanted to play. They were to organise a building apprenticeship, but it fell through, and at 17 years of age I ended up joining the NSW Police Cadets. I was sworn in at 19 years of age and then stationed at Darlinghurst/Kings Cross, playing for the Roosters.

I was part of the Roosters that very successful year, under Jack Gibson. The first grade won in 1974 and 1975. We were undefeated and won the under 23 premiership in 1976.

In 1977, I fractured discs in my back and was told that I would never play contact sport again. After extensive rehabilitation, I commenced playing again in 1978, and later that year I transferred to Cobar, a wonderful western town with great people.

In 1983 I transferred to Sawtell and have been in the area as a Police Officer ever since. I have the luxury of living on the coast, but can visit family who live on properties and in Forbes and Cobar.

I have worked as a general duties Police Officer, an Intelligence Officer and at the present time as the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer. I am going into my 42nd year, and currently I’m in the process of retiring.

Policing is a very unique and rewarding job and one of the few careers where you get to make a difference. It’s also a job where you are required to make tough and unpopular decisions. However, the majority of the community appreciate the job we do.

Your involvement in the community is very honourable.  What are you involved in at the moment?

I am currently involved with the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club and Sawtell Rugby League.

New Year’s Day saw you take out the Sawtellian of the Year Award. How exciting! 

I was surprised and very honoured to be chosen as the Sawtellian of the Year. I am well aware of a great number of people within our community who also deserve this honour. Volunteers and their work go a very long way to making Sawtell the wonderful community it is.

What do you regard are your biggest achievements?

My number one biggest achievement is that I’m a dad to my kids. My second greatest achievement, either as a Police Officer or a member of the community, was being in a position to make a positive difference to some people’s lives. To see a person who was not coping with life or going down a destructive path, and then later for them to turn it all around and prosper is very rewarding.

What inspires you to continue to keep contributing to the community …

To make the Sawtell community a better and safe place to live. It is as simple as that. If we all do our little bit, it is very achievable.

Thanks Phil.

This story was published in issue 27 Coffs Coast


The Coffs Coast Advocate

28 September 2013


Long serving cop calls it a day



Reward for Phil’s fabulous efforts



A father’s selfless service

Author: Geesche Jacobsen
Date: 08/06/2009
Words: 297
Source: SMH
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: News and Features
Page: 14
 WHEN Phillip Keith Jacobson put his career on hold to raise four children as a sole parent, he expected little reward.But today the senior constable is being recognised for his “devotion to the community” and “selfless sacrifice” with an Australian Police Medal often reserved for those of higher ranks.

The man, who had become a police officer by default and nearly quit when his wife died, has been a highly respected domestic violence liaison officer in Sawtell, near Coffs Harbour, for almost seven years.

Jacobson says he knew it was a field in which he could make a difference: “It gives me great satisfaction that I meet people when I first came across them, they were despondent, down-and-out, distrusting … to be able to see them blossom.

“What people needed was plenty of support and plenty of courage to take control of their life.”

A local women’s refuge and family centre supported his nomination, highlighting his “kind manner, professional knowledge and ability to help those most in need without discrimination”.

Jacobson, 54, became a police officer when his rugby coach, Jack Gibson, insisted he needed a proper job. He was resistant at first but, 37 years later, he says: “It’s been wonderful for me. Every day is a unique day. You get up close and personal with the good and bad side of life.”

In 1991 he wrote his resignation. His wife Annette had died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at 30, leaving him to raise four children aged 27 months to 13. But his parents, friends and the “crew in blue” came to the rescue. He opted out of the promotions system and was granted permanent day shift so he could spend time with the children.

“I’m eternally grateful to my Mum and Dad … They put their life on hold,” he says.


The Coffs Coast Advocate

8 June 2009


Coffs Coast cop gets top honours

Phillip Keith JACOBSON
Phillip Keith JACOBSON

PHIL Jacobson has given his all as a policeman on the Coffs Coast.
So much so the 54-year-old senior constable featured in today’s Queen’s Birthday honours with an Australian Police Medal (APM).

“It’s recognition I suppose of doing your job to the best of your ability,” Phil said.
“I’m part of an organisation which does good work every day in different fields.”
Phil is the Coffs/Clarence domestic violence liaison officer (DVLO) and according to his citation, it’s a role in which he’s excelled, ‘receiving the respect of his peers, his supervisor and his commander, as well as serving the North Coast community, especially those in need’.

“I’m assisted in this work by local agencies and organisations which are very committed and very passionate,” Phil said.

“We’re incredibly lucky as a Coffs Harbour community to have these services in this area.”

A young Phil left Narromine for the Big Smoke initially to play league with the Roosters and his under 23s would go on to win the competition in 1976.

He’s been a member of the NSW Police Force since 1972 after serving as a cadet at the tender age of 17.

He spent his first years of service at Darlinghurst and Kings Cross before transfer to Cobar in 1978.

In 1983 he arrived at Sawtell Police Station where he was the lock-up keeper ahead of his 1990 transfer to Coffs Harbour. The following year, his wife, Annette, died.

Phil stepped up from general duties policing to a 13-year stint with the intelligence division, followed by his appointment to the DVLO post.

Chief Inspector Shane Cribb from Coffs Harbour police described Phil as a ‘very knowledgeable, approachable and team-orientated’ officer.

Phil, a father-of-five, is also heavily involved in his community.

He’s spent the past 15 years with Sawtell Surf Club – where he’s a patrol captain – and has coached juniors and under-18s for Sawtell Rugby League. And is active in another sport where he remains an active junior rugby league referee.