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Stephen William OFFEN


Stephen William OFFEN

Late of Hawkins Village, Edgeworth ( Newcastle )

NSW Police Cadet # 1995

NSW Redfern Police Academy Class 115

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  13314[/alert_yellow]

Rank:  NSW Police Cadet – Commenced 22 February 1965

Probationary Constable – appointed 28 June 1968

Constable – appointed 28 June 1969

Detective Senior Constable – appointed 28 June 1977

May 1984 – became sick

Passed his Sergeants Exam about 1982 but due to his illness, was never promoted because he was on ‘Light Duties’.

Stations:  Bondi GD’s ( 1969 ), Hamilton GD’s, Detectives Course – 1978, Newcastle Detectives – Newcastle Drug Squad – Newcastle CIB ( Light Duties due to illness – Retirement

ServiceFrom  22 February 1965  to  4 October 2001 = 35 years Service

Awards:   National Medal – granted 29 June 1984

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 7 May 1998

2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted 6 April 2001

Born:   19 July 1949

Died on:   12 November 2011

Age:  62

Cause:   Brain Tumour – diagnosed at age 34 ( Cerebral haemorrhage )

Event location:  Hawkins Village, Edgeworth ( Newcastle )

Event date:  Saturday  12 November 2011

Funeral date:   Thursday  17 November 2011

Funeral location:   St Augustine’s Anglican Church, 37 Winsor St, ( cnr Llewellyn St ), Merewether

Funeral Parlour:  ?

Buried at:   Cremated ( Ashes in St Augustine’s Church Grounds – Rose Gardens with his parents )

 Memorial located at:   Name plaque in Church Grounds


photo pending arrival


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



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May they forever Rest In Peace


It is reported that Steve collapsed, at work, whilst carrying a type writer in 1980 – 4 years prior to a spot being found on his brain via scans.
Steve was off work for 3 months prior to this ‘spot’ being found.
As a result of this incident and dropping the type writer, the matter was classified as Hurt On Duty ( H.O.D. ) until the Commissioner of Police eventually reversed that decision causing Steve to have to fight for his entitlements during such a hard time in his life.
Being the policeman that he was and dedicated to “the job”, Steve was more concerned and disappointed about NOT being granted his Sergeant’s rank than he was of the Commissioner reversing his H.O.D. status.  Steve had already passed his qualification exam but because he now found himself on ‘Light Duties’, he was deemed not able to fulfil the role of Sergeant and thus, was not promoted past the rank of Detective Senior Constable.
Steve, having being diagnosed with the blood clot at age 34 and having Served NSWPF for 35 years, was eventually Medically Retired from NSWPF, aged 51,  on 4 October 2001 due to his continuing health decline.
During his early Retired years, Steve worked at the local Police Boys Club with the Bicycle Safety program, which he developed, with the RTA ( now RMS ) providing the push bikes and helmets that he used at local schools to teach the young students bicycle safety on our streets.  Since Steve could no longer provide this service due to his illness, no-one has taken up the slack to provide this useful service to the local youth.
Steve, due to his severe debilitating illness, spent his last few years in the full care of his wife, Lorraine.
Steve, in his healthier years was a strong swimmer and represented NSWPF in the Police Olympic pool at Narrabeen and won Gold.
May Steve forever Rest In Peace.

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