Raymond John McNISH ( Jnr )

aka  Ray

Original headingUnknown MALE VicPol member – suicide 1

VicPol Academy Squad 7 of 2004

Victoria Police Force

Regd. #   34557

Rank:  Commenced at Victorian Police Academy on 14 June 2004

Probationary Constable – appointed 29 October 2004

Leading Senior Constable

Stations?, Campaspe region, Swan Hill, Echuca – death

ServiceFrom  14 June 2004  to  8 February 2016 = 11 years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born:  5 May 1965

Died on:  8 February 2016 @ home in Moama, NSW

Cause:  Depression – Suicide – firearm to head ( non police issue )

( Ray was struggling with his Depression & had an appointment arranged for the day after his suicide )

Age:  50

Funeral date:  Friday  19 February 2016 @ 10am

Funeral location:  Dungula Events Centre, 69 Dungula Way, Echuca – Moama

Buried at:  Cremated

Wake:  Dungula Function Centre

 Memorial at?

 

About 1000 people attended the funeral of policeman Ray McNish in Echuca - Moama on Friday. A huge cortege started outside the Echuca police station in Dickson St, led by mounted police, a lone piper and with Victorian police chief commissioner Graham Ashton taking the salute as the hearse passed through an honour guard of uniformed and plain clothes officers. The service was held at Dungula Function Centre to accommodate the massive crowd. Full story on pages 4 and 5.

About 1000 people attended the funeral of policeman Ray McNish in Echuca – Moama on Friday. A huge cortege started outside the Echuca police station in Dickson St, led by mounted police, a lone piper and with Victorian police chief commissioner Graham Ashton taking the salute as the hearse passed through an honour guard of uniformed and plain clothes officers. The service was held at Dungula Function Centre to accommodate the massive crowd. Full story on pages 4 and 5.

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Echuca police officer’s widow sues force

by

January 18, 2017

THE widow of an Echuca policeman who took his own life a year ago is suing the Victoria Police.

In a writ lodged in the Country Court Wendy McNish is claiming her husband “sustained personal injury and death” throughout his career, which was caused or contributed to by the force’s breach of duty to him.

Leading Senior Constable McNish had always wanted to be a policeman but did not actually begin his career until he was 39.

Eleven years later he was dead after a career which saw him work in stations around the Campaspe region, in undercover and had been the key investigator in recovering more than $1 million in stolen farming machinery.

The issue of mental health among officers made headlines in February last year after three Victoria Police members committed suicide in the first six weeks of 2016, including Ray McNish.

Now his widow is seeking compensation under the Accident Compensation Act, claiming she was dependent on her husband’s earnings at the time he died.

Mrs McNish is seeking unspecified damages.

The Herald Sun reports today that since 2000 five officers have died in the line of duty – but 19 more have died at their own hand.

In 2006, while based at Swan Hill, Ray McNish was awarded for his efforts in dealing with family violence through “exceptional listening skills, an empathetic approach and thorough investigation of family violence incidents.

The paper said between July 2010 and June 2015 WorkCover accepted 482 mental injury claims from Victoria Police and rejected 500.

It might have been a late start in blue but Dissa was a born copper. He worked in uniform, he worked undercover, even got to mix police work with his other great passion – farming – in a case which saw him help recover more than $1 million worth of stolen agricultural machinery.

But in the end it was most likely the job he loved that in part had failed him — to what extent no-one will ever really know.

Ground down by a depression so dark and so insidious that in the end it would all be more than he could live with.

At the time of his death the Riverine Herald reported Ray McNish was the tangible tip of an unseen iceberg paralysing many of those on our emergency services frontline.

Police, fire fighters, ambulance crews, search and rescue – they’re all vulnerable to the horrors and tragedy to which they are so frequently exposed on our behalf.

And they are committing suicide, or attempting to, in greater numbers, frightening numbers.

Or broken by post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or crushing variations of either/or, baling out of careers they love before they checked out of life – for good.

The ripple effect on families, friends and colleagues spans generations – from victim to their parents, their partners and their children.

These men and women give their all in careers where they are frequently all that stands between society and social chaos.

Yet are forced to haggle, sometimes for years, for the most meagre financial recognition of the load they carry.

Governments of all persuasions are prepared to see them as numbers on a spreadsheet rather than the increasingly irreplaceable assets they are; real people whose very wellbeing – mentally and physically – is being eroded on a daily basis.

And in the end Ray McNish joined a line that sadly is already too long, and threatening to become much longer.

A human tragedy, which in Ray McNish’s case, was played out in tributes and tears at Dungula Function Centre last February.

http://www.riverineherald.com.au/2017/01/18/5484/echuca-police-officers-widow-sues-force

 

Wife of Echuca cop who died in tragic circumstances sues Victoria Police

THE wife of a well-loved country cop who died in tragic circumstances a year ago is suing Victoria Police.

Ray McNish's funeral. Picture Lana Murphy/Riverine Herald

Ray McNish’s funeral. Picture Lana Murphy/Riverine Herald

Wendy McNish, whose “soulmate”, Leading Senior Constable Ray McNish, 50, died on February 8 last year, accuses the force of breaching its duty to her husband, who took his own life.

In a writ lodged in the County Court, Ms McNish claims her husband “sustained personal injury and death throughout” his career which was caused or contributed to by the force’s breach of duty to him.

Ms McNish is claiming compensation under the Accident Compensation Act, saying she was dependant on her husband’s earnings at the time of his death.

Ms McNish and her lawyer declined to comment on Tuesday. The action is the latest by grieving families of dead police, with the Herald Sun revealing last April that the fiancée of another officer ( Robert John SMITH ) was suing after her partner shot himself at Boronia Police Station with his service firearm after complaining of being bullied and harassed.

Since 2000, five Victoria Police officers have died in the line of duty, but 19 more have died by their own hand.

It is understood Leading Senior Constable McNish’s death did not occur at work or involve a police firearm.

Based at Echuca, he was a popular officer on both sides of the Murray River and was farewelled with a police guard of honour in the presence of Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.

“No farewells were spoken. No time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it. And only God knows why. Forever in our hearts, love you always. Until we meet again. Your suffering is now over”, a family death notice read.

 

Victoria Police officers form a guard of honour at Ray McNish's funeral. Picture Lana Murphy /Riverine Herald

Victoria Police officers form a guard of honour at Ray McNish’s funeral. Picture Lana Murphy /Riverine Herald

In 2006, while based at Swan Hill, then-Senior Constable McNish was awarded for his efforts in dealing with the complex issue of family violence, through his “exceptional listening skills, an empathetic approach and thorough investigation of family violence incidents”.

A colleague from NSW paid tribute to “not only a fellow police officer but a mate & a true loving caring person”.

He posted: “To my very close friend Wendy my heart breaks for you, you & Ray have been true friends to me helping me with my PTSD I just wish I could have known Ray’s pain so I could have been there for Ray.”

Ms McNish is seeking unspecified damages.

A police spokeswoman said the force took the welfare of its employees seriously and had made a priority of addressing mental health issues, including adopting all 39 recommendations from a mental health review last year.

Between July, 2010 and June, 2015 WorkCover accepted 482 mental injury claims from Victoria Police and rejected 500, including 241 resulting from harassment and bullying, 252 for work pressure, 167 sparked by traumatic events and 54 due to occupational violence.

A WorkSafe spokesman said: “WorkSafe is continuing its inquiries into the death of Mr McNish. As such it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Over the past five years, 1037 mental injury claims have been made by Victoria Police members.

A National Coronial Information System report on Intentional self-harm among emergency service personnel in 2015 found that of the of the 62 police suicides in Australia between July 1, 2000, and December 2012, 25 shot themselves — 23 with their service-issued firearm.

A 2015 Victorian Coroners Prevention Unit report into suicide rates among workers in key professions found the annual suicide rate among Victoria police was 10 per 100,000.

If this article causes you distress or if you require help or information, police employees can call Welfare Services confidentially 24 hours 7 days a week on (03) 9247 3344, and other members of the community can call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyondblue on 1300 224 636

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/wife-of-echuca-cop-who-died-in-tragic-circumstances-sues-victoria-police/news-story/b41ddde6e45ff3a7e6693d491b9f72f2

Echuca police pause

The Riverine Herald

22 February 2016

 

Ray McNish waited until he was 39 to fulfil a childhood dream – and become a policeman.

Barely 11 years later about 1000 people, many of them police and former police, alongside family and friends, gathered in Echuca – Moama to attend his funeral.

The man affectionately dubbed Dissa ( as in disarray ) had taken his own life.

He had lived the dream, and he loved the job.  Everyone said so, and they all meant it.

It might have been a late start in blue but Dissa was born copper.  he worked in uniform, he worked undercover, even got to mix police work with his other great passion – farming – in a case which saw him help recover more than $1 million worth of stolen agricultural machinery.

But in the end it was most likely the job he loved that in part had failed him – to what extent no-one will ever really know.

Ground down by a depression so dark and so insidious that in the end it would all be more than he could live with.

A state which, in true Dissa style, he largely kept from those who knew him best, those who loved him most.

Ray McNish is the tangible tip of an unseen iceberg paralysing many of those on our emergency service frontline.

Police, fire fighters, ambulance crews, search and rescue – they’re all vulnerable to the horrors and tragedy to which they are so frequently exposed on hour behalf.

And they are committing suicide, or attempting to, in greater numbers, frightening numbers.

Or broken by post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or crushing variations of either / or, bailing out of careers they love before they check out of life – for good.

The ripple effect on families, friends and colleagues spans generations – from victim to their parents, their partners and their children.

These men and women give their all in careers where they are frequently all that stands between society and social chaos.

Yet are force to haggle, sometimes for years, for the most meagre financial recognition of the load they carry.

Governments of all persuasions are prepared to see them as numbers on a spreadsheet rather than the increasingly irreplaceable assets they are; real people whose very wellbeing – mentally and physically – is being eroded on a daily basis.

And in the end Ray McNish joined a line that sadly is already too long, and threatening to become much longer.

A human tragedy finally played out in tributes and tears at Dungula Function Centre on Friday – and the ripples keep on spreading.

Riverineherald.com .au

Man to front court accused of farm thefts

Updated

A 55-year-old man has been charged with stealing farm machinery from properties in northern Victoria.

Detectives say they found about $500,000 worth of stolen equipment when they searched five properties in the Bamawm region, south of Echuca, on Tuesday.

Senior Constable Ray McNish says the investigation has been a focus for local police.

“It certainly has. It’s been probably well over 12 months now and it’s still an ongoing investigation at this stage,” he said.

A Bamawm man was arrested and charged with theft and handling stolen goods.

He was released on bail and is due to face the Echuca Magistrates Court in April.

Victorian police have increased their focus on farm thefts in recent months, with the establishment of rural crime taskforce.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-23/man-to-front-court-accused-of-farm-thefts/3846800

 

Echuca assault accused bailed

A MELBOURNE man who police allege drove to Echuca, bound his father’s partner with duct tape, assaulted her and robbed the house, was granted bail yesterday.Mustafa Hadis, 20, of Meadow Heights, faced the Bendigo Magistrates Court on several charges, including intentionally causing serious injury and theft yesterday.

The court heard Hadis had been estranged from his father since the age of two and had recent attempts at contact rebuffed.

Detective Senior Constable Ray McNish said Hadis had attended his father’s house twice in the week leading up to the attack. The first time he was told his father wished to have no further contact with him, the second his father was not home.  Detective McNish said two days later, on January 18, Hadis and two co-accused attached stolen number plates to a car and again drove to Echuca, parking some distance from the victim’s address. “The victim was home alone in bed and at about 7am was awoken to see Hadis standing outside her bedroom window,” he said. Detective McNish said when the 58-year-old victim went outside to confront Hadis, he grabbed her and tried to pull her back inside, causing her to fall to the ground. He said Hadis then called out for help from his co-accused and they dragged the victim inside where they struck her face and arms with a rubber mallet. “Once inside, the victim’s hands were bound with packing tape, she also had her mouth and head covered to quell her screaming,” Detective McNish said.  He said Hadis and the two co-accused then stole a large amount of jewellery and two mobile phones.  He said the victim feared for her life, especially when one of Hadis’ co-accused took a knife from the kitchen.  “The victim was taken to hospital with injuries to her head requiring stitches, severe swelling to her hand and bruising to her arms and legs,” he said.  Detective McNish said the attack was a “premeditated act” with the men pre-packing the tape, mallet, screwdrivers and gloves. The court heard Hadis made full admissions when later arrested and interviewed by police, saying he felt hurt by his father and “emotionally rejected”.  Hadis’ bail application was opposed by police, but his defence counsel said it was important her client was released as he was the sole carer of his mother.  Hadis was bailed, with strict conditions, to appear at the Bendigo Magistrates Court for a committal mention on April 4.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/74482/echuca-assault-accused-bailed/

Police honoured for work in combatting family violence

Release date: Sat 28 October 2006

Last updated: Wed 1 November 2006

Five police members were honoured on Friday for their efforts in dealing with the complex issue of family violence.

The 2006 Excellence in Policing Family Violence Awards were presented by Assistant Commissioner (Region 3) Ken Lay.

The awards are the result of a recommendation from the Region 3 Family Violence Reference Group that police members who excel in their approach in responding to family violence should be recognised.  The Family Violence Reference Group comprises police members and representatives from other government departments and family violence services.

The awards were divided into two categories: Leadership and Practise.

Leadership awards are for members displaying outstanding initiative and leadership, which have positively motivated and influenced others in response to family violence.

Winners of the 2006 Excellence in Policing Family Violence – Leadership awards are:
• Sergeant Phil Nash from Broadmeadows police station for excellence in managing Family Violence Liaison Officer portfolio in an area of high numbers of family violence incidents.
• Constable Donna Rundle from Kyneton police station for outstanding leadership in addressing Family Violence within Macedon Ranges.

Practise awards are for members exhibiting exemplary characteristics that have added significant value to the manner in which police act when responding to family violence.

Winners of the 2006 Excellence in Policing Family Violence – Practise awards are:
• Senior Constable Frank Scopelliti from Tatura police station for a consistently high level of response, outstanding victim support and negotiation skills.
• Senior Constable John Lal from Epping police station for a highly professional and ethical approach, adhering to the principles and policies of the Victoria Police Code of Practice for Investigating Family Violence and consistent referrals to NARTT.
 Senior Constable Ray McNish from Swan Hill police station for exceptional listening skills, an empathetic approach and thorough investigation of family violence incidents.

Assistant Commissioner Ken Lay told forum attendees that family violence affects all communities.

“The unfortunate and stark reality of family violence is that it affects all of our communities”, Mr Lay said.

Assistant Commissioner Ken Lay said that police attendance at incidents of family violence had decreased in Region 3 in the 2005/2006 financial year compared to the 2004/2005 financial year.

He said that in the 2005/2006 financial year police in Region 3 attended 5955 incidents of family violence, compared to the 2004/2005 financial year where police in Region 3 attended 6367 incidents.

“Reporting incidents to the police is the crucial step needed to ensure that victims of family violence are supported and the crime attached to family violence is addressed,” Mr Lay said.

“Although the figures suggest that family violence incidents have decreased, it is still possible that incidents go unreported.  I hope that the example set by all police members in Region 3 nominated for the ‘Excellence in Policing Family Violence’ awards encourages more victims of family violence to seek support.”

Police response to family violence can mean the difference between life and death; about half the homicides in Victoria over recent years have been the result of family violence.

New Victims’ legislation, the ‘Victims’ Charter Act 2006’ comes into effect on Wednesday 1 November.  This legislation will further ensure that all police members deliver a quality service to victims of crime, treating victims with courtesy, respect and dignity.  As part of the Act, police will distribute a new booklet ‘A Victim’s Guide to Support Services and the Criminal Justice System’ to all victims of crime.

Sara McMillan

Media Officer

http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=8992

 

 

Unnamed male who suicided the week pre 11 February 2016.

This officer 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.

Two Victoria Police officers take their own lives in a week

  • Nino Bucci and Cameron Houston

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 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.

Senior Constable Tim Baker, 44, allegedly shot Vlado Micetic three times in the chest during the intercept, and claimed he acted in self-defence.

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 40Victoria 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.

For support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/two-victoria-police-officers-take-their-own-lives-in-a-week-20160210-gmr0yu.html

 

 

McNISH Raymond John Jnr
VP34557 Age 50 years Of Echuca.
Tragically taken on February 8, 2016.
Dearly loved husband and soulmate to Wendy.
Adored father to Matthew,
father-in-law to Sarah and loving Bop (Pop) to Halle.
Loving only son of Ray and Dot,
brother to Susan and Karen,
brother-in-law to Barry,
uncle to Maddison, Alisha, Laura, Sarsha, Brandan and Danielle.
No farewells were spoken. No time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why.
Forever in our hearts, love you always.
Until we meet again.
Your suffering is now over.
Now at Peace
Funeral to be advised.

See later edition of Herald Sun for details.

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“Thinking of the McNish and extended families at this sad time. RIP Ray.
Stuart & Wendy Jennings,…”

-Wendy Jennings

Greg Callander posted a condolence
Today  ( 19 January 2017 )

May you forever be Resting In Peace https://www.australianpolice.com.au/raymond-john-mcnish/

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Missing you every day Gar xxx

Roger Cotton posted a condolence
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dear Wendy , Matt & family, it it with the deepest sadness that we write our condolences to you on the tragic passing of a dear and wonderful person – our friend Ray. It has been some years since we have caught up, but he was always in our mind and hearts and we just picked up where we left off – true friend ! We have fond memories of our friendship and wish you and Matt the strength to carry on. Please if you are in the area, call in and see us, we will miss him dearly – Love from Rene and Roger xoxo

Kirsten Kruse posted a condolence
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sue, Dot and Ray and families, my arms are wrapped around you at this impossibly difficult time. You are in my thoughts and heart. I immediately remember Raymond’s warm, infectious smile. Hold each other tight. Love to you, Kruse xxx

Michelle Wilton posted a condolence
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Be strong today. Was truly shocked and devestated to hear about Ray. Deepest condolences Michelle I hope your at peace now cous. Xo

Bill Casey posted a condolence
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dear Ray, Dot, Susan and Karen, My sincerest condolences for the passing of Ray. A great bloke who made growing up in Gippsland all the more worthwhile. regards, Bill

jenny casey posted a condolence
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dear Ray, Dot, Susan and Karen, and your families, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Ray’s death. What a bloody waste. My thoughts and mental hugs go out to you at a time when every thing must seem so senseless. If I can’t make it tomorrow, I will be thinking of you all with much love. Regards, Jenny

Simon pearson posted a condolence
Sunday, February 14, 2016

A very good man and a great loss

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