Scott Andrew BLANCHARD

Scott Andrew BLANCHARD

Previous article called: Unnamed policeman

late of Bayswater, W.A.

Western Australia Police Force

Regd. #  9360

Rank:  Detective Sergeant

Stations?, Gang Crime

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  24 July 2015 = ? years of Service

Awards: Police Medal – 20 years

No find on It’s An Honour

Born?

Died on:  Friday  24 July 2015  @ p.m. at 6kms south of Kalgoorlie, W.A.

Cause:  PTSD – Suicide – self inflicted gunshot wound – service weapon

Age:  45

Funeral date:  Thursday  6 August 2015 @ 2.30pm

Funeral location:  Karrakatta Cemetery, W.A.

Buried at:  Cremated

Memorial location:  ?

the Thin Blue Line Rose
the Thin Blue Line Rose

 

[alert_yellow]SCOTT is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO

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Policeman dies of gunshot wound on the outskirts of Goldfields city

July 25, 2015 1:13AM

AN on-duty police officer has died of a gunshot wound in Kalgoorlie but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police confirmed the fatal incident happened on Friday night on the outskirts of the Goldfields city.

The Major Crime Squad is investigating, but the officer’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

“The circumstances of the firearm incident will be investigated on behalf of the Coroner,” police said in a statement.

Police counselling and chaplaincy services will be offered to the officer’s family and colleagues.

The officer’s name, age and rank has not yet been released.

In a statement released on Saturday morning the WA Police Union said it was “deeply saddened by the tragic death”.

“WAPU is providing support to our members during this difficult time and we have representatives on the ground in Kalgoorlie,” the union said.

“We will continue to work with WA Police to ensure the best possible outcome for all involved, given the circumstances.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the member’s family, friends and colleagues.”

http://www.news.com.au/national/policeman-dies-of-gunshot-wound-on-the-outskirts-of-goldfields-city/story-fncynjr2-1227456289601

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The West Australian police union is supporting the friends and family of a police officer who died after a firearms incident.
Source:
AAP
25 Jul 2015 – 4:15 AM  UPDATED 25 Jul 2015 – 12:20 PM

The WA Police Union has extended its deepest condolences to the family of an officer who died of a gunshot wound.

The union is supporting family and friends of the officer, who died after a firearms incident while he was on duty on Kalgoorlie’s outskirts on Friday evening.

“We will continue to work with WA Police to ensure the best possible outcome for all involved, given the circumstances.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the member’s family, friends and colleagues,” union president George Tilbury said in a statement on Saturday.

Investigators said earlier the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

* For support and information about suicide prevention, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78)

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/07/25/union-saddened-wa-cops-death

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WAPOLThursday  6 August 2015

Today our hero from Western Australia police will be laid to rest.

Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family, friends and the thin blue line at this difficult time.

Thank you for your service and dedication sir. We will keep you and your family in our hearts, never forgotten.

Rest easy Detective Sergeant.

”As the sun surely sets,
dawn will see it arise.

For service above self,
demands it’s own prize.

You have fought the good fight,
life’s race has been run,
and peace, your reward,
for eternity begun.

And we that are left,
shall never forget,
rest in peace friend and colleague,
for sun has now set.

We will remember, We will remember ,
hasten the dawn.”

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BLANCHARD:
WA POLICE UNION Members are invited to attend the Funeral Service for our late serving member Scott Andrew Blanchard 9360 at Karrakatta Cemetery on THURSDAY (6.8.2015) at 2.30pm.
Published in The West Australian on Aug. 5, 2015

http://www.westannouncements.com.au/obituaries/thewest-au/obituary.aspx?n=scott-blanchard&pid=175431030

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Scott BLANCHARD

Obituary

BLANCHARD (Scott):
Our hearts once beat together, my Scotty, but now mine beats alone. I know we’ll be together one day. Until then, I continue alone. My soul mate, my lover, my best friend and rock. Scotty, you meant the world to me and will be forever in my heart.
Love you babe, Jussy.

BLANCHARD (Scott):
Dad, we love you more than life itself and we will miss you every single day. Forever you’ll be in our hearts and we’ll see you in our dreams.
Jarrod, Ayden, Miranda

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http://www.westannouncements.com.au/obituaries/thewest-au/obituary.aspx?n=scott-blanchard&pid=175373949

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Man survives night in croc-infested waters

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A 50-year-old Derby man has survived a night at sea in crocodile infested waters after being washed off his boat and having to swim ashore.

Police say the man was sleeping alone on his boat about two nautical miles north of Point Torment.

Large waves washed him overboard and sank the boat before he could activate an EPIRB.

The next morning a fisherman spotted the empty dinghy and called police, sparking a land and sea search.

The missing man was spotted in mangroves, exhausted and dehydrated but able to cry out to authorities.

Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Blanchard says the man is lucky to get away unharmed.

“One of the police cars that was up there searching the land actually just saw a crocodile that was estimated to be about four metres in the blue holes,” he said.

“So my advice would be just not to go out on your own overnight and just always be checking your boats before you go away.

“On a boat make sure all your EPIRB gear and your life jackets are working correctly.

“Going out to those areas is not the best idea on your own, especially overnight.

“You know you’re talking about areas where the tides can range up to 11 metres, so one minute you’re on sand or in water and the next minute you’re off the water on a rock or something worse might happen like … what happened overnight.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-15/man-survives-night-in-croc-infested-waters/4313582

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WA Police officer dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at Cockburn station

Updated

WA Police are investigating the death of an officer at a police station in Perth’s southern suburbs.

Key points:

  • Officer apparently shot himself at Cockburn Police Station with his police-issue firearm
  • WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the force was in shock at the news
  • Death comes after state coroner calls for more support services

It is understood First Class Constable Darren Igglesden, 50, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at Cockburn Police Station on Monday morning.

In a statement, WA Police said support services were being offered to other officers.

The station has been temporarily closed, and the public has been asked not to attend the station until further notice. They have instead been redirected to nearby Fremantle or Mandurah stations, both of which operate 24 hours a day.

‘Popular member of the force’

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson extended his condolences to the family of Constable Igglesden and colleagues at Cockburn Police Station.

“It appears Darren has drawn his service-issued pistol from the police armoury this morning (Monday), shortly after 6:00am,” he said.

“He was found deceased by colleagues within the Cockburn police building.

“Darren’s death has come as a complete shock to his family, to his friends, and indeed the entire police force.

“At this difficult time I extend my condolences to Darren’s family, his friends, his work colleagues and everyone who knew him.

“A coronial investigation is now underway and so we should let that full investigation be completed, but there does not appear to be any other persons present at the time Darren lost his life.”

Commissioner Dawson said Constable Igglesden was a popular member of the police force.

Constable Igglesden has been with the WA Police Force for six-and-a-half years, he joined us at about 44 years of age, he has had a varied career in the private sector prior to joining police,” he said.

“Well liked, well respected, a very popular member of the police force.”

Coroner called for more police support

The tragedy comes nearly a month after WA Deputy Coroner Evelyn Vicker released her findings into the suicide of police officer Scott Blanchard, who shot himself while on duty at Kalgoorlie in July 2015.

Ms Vicker found that while Detective Sergeant Blanchard appeared to be coping well with his job as a police officer, he had become “obsessed” that health problems he had were undiagnosable and “consequently took matters into his own hands …”

The inquest into Sergeant Blanchard‘s death heard details of the WA Police Service’s Health and Safety Division, which provides services such as confidential psychological counselling, peer support programs and chaplaincy services to officers and their families, to try to help them manage stress or issues that may arise as a result of their employment.

“At this difficult time I extend my condolences to Darren’s family, his friends, his work colleagues and everyone who knew him.

“A coronial investigation is now underway and so we should let that full investigation be completed, but there does not appear to be any other persons present at the time Darren lost his life.”

Commissioner Dawson said Constable Igglesden was a popular member of the police force.

Constable Igglesden has been with the WA Police Force for six-and-a-half years, he joined us at about 44 years of age, he has had a varied career in the private sector prior to joining police,” he said.

“Well liked, well respected, a very popular member of the police force.”

Coroner called for more police support

The tragedy comes nearly a month after WA Deputy Coroner Evelyn Vicker released her findings into the suicide of police officer Scott Blanchard, who shot himself while on duty at Kalgoorlie in July 2015.

Ms Vicker found that while Detective Sergeant Blanchard appeared to be coping well with his job as a police officer, he had become “obsessed” that health problems he had were undiagnosable and “consequently took matters into his own hands …”

The inquest into Sergeant Blanchard‘s death heard details of the WA Police Service’s Health and Safety Division, which provides services such as confidential psychological counselling, peer support programs and chaplaincy services to officers and their families, to try to help them manage stress or issues that may arise as a result of their employment.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said she believed the culture within the organisation was changing.

“I think the police force has changed dramatically over the last 10 years or so, in terms of encouraging officers to come forward and to show some additional care for themselves and their fellow officers,” she said.

“It used to certainly be the case that the attitude was ‘toughen up’ and to show any emotional vulnerability was seen as some kind of weakness. That’s not the attitude that’s been taken by police in recent years.

“We have had some shocking and tragic incidents in recent times where officers have had to turn out to shocking scenes, and sometimes they go to road crashes where they see shocking scenes, so we need to know that they have got the support there.

“And I have certainly received assurances from the Commissioner of Police and others that we have got good supports in place. Sometimes, though, people need to avail themselves of that support.”

Topics: police, suicide, wa, perth-6000

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-15/wa-police-officer-dead-from-self-inflicted-gunshot-in-cockburn/10378676

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