Of­fi­cer vic­tims hon­oured

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Fallen of­fi­cers were hon­oured at a cer­e­mony at the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege in Pa­pakowhai re­cently.

The event on Fe­bru­ary 1 marked the 50th an­niver­sary of the dou­ble homi­cides of De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Wal­lace Chalmers and De­tec­tive Sergeant Neville Power near Bethell’s Beach, Waitakere, in Jan­uary 1963, and of Con­sta­ble Bryan Schultz and Con­sta­ble James Richard­son at Lower Hutt less than a month later.

Civil­ians James Berry, who was also killed dur­ing the Waitakere in­ci­dent, and Harry Pet­tit, who was se­ri­ously wounded, were also re­mem­bered.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner Viv Rickard said while the loss of life was still keenly felt, their deaths led to sig­nif­i­cant changes in how po­lice re­spond to armed in­ci­dents, which ul­ti­mately led to the for­ma­tion of the armed of­fend­ers squad and the sav­ing of many other lives.

In Au­gust 1964, the AOS was formed.

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