Officer victims honoured
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.