Official Newsletter of
Volume 1 • Issue 1 APRIL 2009 WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council
New look for WA Police Legacy Inside this issue:
Welcome to the first edition of True As well as providing updates on
Blue, the new regular newsletter for WA families being assisted by Police Legacy 15 years since parcel bomb
Police Legacy and the WA Police and the PFAC, True Blue will include murder of Detective Sergeant 3
Families Advisory Council (PFAC). items on health and welfare issues, fun
competitions and prizes, as well as news Patrons’ messages 5
We would also like to introduce you to
on retired members, the Police Widows
the Boardman family (pictured below).
Guild, the WA Police Historical Society Gibb River Road Mountain
Already well known to many of you,
and the International Police Association. Bike Challenge on again 6
the family has kindly agreed to become
the face of WA Police Legacy. We hope you enjoy reading True Blue.
The name has been chosen because it Police Legacy Manager was
Various images of the family will be a Legacy child himself 9
is a well-used Australian phrase, meaning
used in a range of communication
staunchly loyal, genuine and caring.
materials over coming months, to provide Bathroom makeover a boon
We feel it represents the spirit of both
us with a fresh new look, as part of a for seriously injured officer 11
organisations, which look after the
re-branding of WA Police Legacy.
welfare of police families. The colour
We believe this will help raise the profile blue, of course, is also associated with Police Legacy wards lap
of not only WA Police Legacy, but also police the world over. up camp life 12
the PFAC, which in turn will help us
We look forward to your feedback,
build sufficient financial reserves to meet Police Widows’ trip 16
ideas and contributions for the
our beneficiaries’ needs into the future.
newsletter over the coming months.
WA Police Legacy has been assisting
Jackie Boardman and her three children
Peter Browne WIN,
Nathan, Jessica and Stacey, since she
Manager, WA Police Legacy
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pages 1 lease turn to
to enter. 15 funded through the
contributions of serving police
officers, as well as those organisations and
individuals who support fund raising
activities and events. All deductions and
receipted donations over $2 are tax
• The WA Police Families Advisory
Council is also funded by regular
member contributions and assists the
families of serving officers in times of
tragedy, illness and despair.
• Each organisation is overseen by an
accountable Board of Directors, with
each Board including a representative
of the Commissioner of Police.
It has been my great privilege to have Both the organisations are overseen by Looking ahead, we will continue the
been involved for many years in WA accountable boards, comprised of coordination of effort and resources
Police Legacy, as well as the WA Police dedicated individuals from the wider between the agency (particularly
Families Advisory Council. I am the police “family”, including serving and Health and Welfare and Chaplaincy
current Chairman of both retired officers, police widows and services), the Union, PFAC and Police
organisations. representatives of the Commissioner of Legacy, to meet the welfare needs of
Police, the Minister of Police and the all police officers and their families.
WA Police Legacy was established in
WA Police Union.
1992 to provide assistance and support Very importantly we are aiming to
to the families of deceased and totally I would like to thank both past and increase participation with and
and permanently disabled police present boards for their commitment contributions to both WA Police Legacy
officers. The primary objective is to and passion to the objectives of WA and PFAC to ensure their viability and
ensure that no spouse or child of a Police Legacy and PFAC and their capacity well into the future.
police officer will ever be left contribution of time, professionalism,
People can do both in many ways: by
unassisted in a circumstance of need. intellect and benevolence.
donating their time, money or support
There are currently 280 widows and In 2008 they steered the organisations (by attending events); remembering us
34 dependent children under the age through another eventful and in their wills (bequests etc.); promoting
of 18 years. Police Legacy supports successful business year, in which we us as a charity of choice; and just plain
these families by providing friendship began to reach outside our own “talking us up”.
and support as well as education environment and share lessons with
I strongly encourage all officers who
grants and tertiary education support other groups in the social sector, for
are not already regular contributors to
to a dependent child until they example the WA Council of Social
the two organisations to fill out the
complete a first degree at university. Services.
deduction authority form on page four.
To ensure contact and support is Special thanks should go to
2009 will be another very
maintained with the family, social Jane Bowen-Sutton and
busy year, with numerous
events are organised, such as picnics Nonie Browner, who WA Police Legacy Inc. events and fund raising
and lunches. In the case of the along with WA Police is supported by activities planned by
children, events that provide Legacy Manager the following organisations: Police Legacy. These
opportunities for personal Peter Browne, interact
WA Police include the hugely
development and training are also with our widows
popular Gibb River
organised. These include adventure and children to WA Police Union of Workers
Road Mountain Bike
camps, such as the one in Busselton identify and meet Police & Nurses Credit Society Challenge, the
(see page 12) water sport activities and their needs.
Toll Ipec “Bloody Slow Cup”
Thank you also to RoadWise in Newman, Karratha
The lion’s share of WA Police Legacy’s Assistant Commissioner to Broome bike ride
Cable Beach Club Resort
funding comes from the fortnightly Mick Burnby APM, for and the inaugural
contributions of serving police officers. contributing to the shared Broome Police Legacy Ball.
The balance is drawn from public vision of police, Police Legacy
We very much hope you enjoy our
donations and fund raising events, and the community working together,
new regular newsletter, which will help
including sporting activities in the many ways that he does.
us market our brand, services and
championed, organised and led by
I would also particularly like to acknowledge expertise to our beneficiaries as well as
and thank the Commissioner of Police, our many contributors and supporters,
The role of the Police Families Advisory Karl O’Callaghan APM, and his executive and also assist our all-important fund
Council is slightly different in that it team for their all-important and raising.
assists the families of serving officers in tangible support, which has helped us
times of tragedy, illness and despair. It establish a successful business model.
is also funded by fortnightly Their support has been generously Bill Leonard
contributions from police officers. given both through the police Chair, WA Police Legacy and
organisation and on a personal level. WA Police Families Advisory Council
2 TRUE BLUE • April 2009 • Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council
15 years since parcel bomb murder of
Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen
“I did an awful lot
of healing with
those women and
that’s why I like to
give back now.”
A brief but moving memorial service was
conducted on March 2 in front of the NCA
offices in the Adelaide CBD, where Detective
Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen was killed by a
parcel bomb 15 years ago. His widow, Jane
Bowen-Sutton, is pictured with her two sons,
Simon (L) and Matthew at the service.
“The stigma of being different— Last year, following an extensive cold “I hadn’t really heard about Police
having your father murdered and case review (requested by Jane), the Legacy, which had only been formed
blown up by a bomb was really South Australian Government posted in WA in 1992. Paul Newman (now
difficult (for Matthew and Simon) in a $1 million reward for information an Inspector, working for the Deputy
the beginning. leading to the conviction of the Commissioner) was the Police Legacy
parcel bomber. Jane remains hopeful Welfare Officer and Board Member
“Children can be quite cruel. One
that her husband’s murderer will who flew over to Adelaide and really
little boy at primary school used to
eventually be brought to justice. helped me through those early days
make explosive noises as the boys
and he still keeps in regular contact.”
walked past!” Over the last 15 years, with the
support of Police Legacy, the Widows Back in Perth, Jane said she
Police Legacy board member Jane
Guild, the Police Union and WA Police networked with other police widows,
Bowen-Sutton was recalling the
Health and Welfare branch, Jane has through the Widows Guild and found
darkest days of her life, back 15 years
gradually rebuilt her shattered life. their support invaluable.
ago when her husband Det. Sgt. Geoff
Five years after Geoff’s death she met
Bowen was killed by a parcel bomb “I did an awful lot of healing with
and subsequently married another
on March 2, 1994. those women and that’s why I like to
police officer, Sgt Phil Sutton, who
give back now. They were very good
At the time Geoff, a WA Police had previously worked with Geoff,
to me. When I was first widowed they
detective sergeant with a great future and of whom she cannot speak
said to me: ‘It’s dreadful, but you’ll be
ahead of him was on a prestigious highly enough. She works as a
alright. You’ll never be the same and
secondment to the National Crime teacher and her two sons have grown
it will take a long time’.”
Authority in Adelaide. He was just 36 into young men of whom any mother
at the time of his death and he and would be proud. As well as the support of the Widows
Jane had two young sons, Matthew, Guild, Jane said the family had received
Simon, 20, graduated as a police
seven and Simon, five. Police Legacy education grants for
officer in June 2008 and Matthew, 22,
the boys throughout the years, as
Before going to the NCA, Geoff had is hoping to soon join him in the job,
well as being involved in numerous
already had extensive experience having already passed his entry exams,
Police Legacy outings and events.
working in WA Police, including stints with the physical exams to follow.
at Geraldton, the CIB (as it was then Jane said her two sons also benefited
“You think your life’s ended. You
known) and Drug Squad. from a fundraising appeal, which she
don’t want to go on when your
is very conscious occurred because of
“That’s what was so awful about his husband is killed and your children are
her husband’s highly public death.
death. We thought he was so safe at young,” said Jane. “My recovery is
Matthew was recently able to put a
the NCA,” she said. because of them, they were so little. I
deposit on a home and his brother
had to go on.”
The South Australian coroner found will eventually follow suit with the
that Geoff was killed by a parcel She said the help she has received money which Jane ensured was kept
bomb sent to him by an individual, from Police Legacy, the Widows Guild for their future welfare.
whom he named. However 15 years and Mike Dean and the Police Union,
Continued on page 11.
later SA Police have been unable to in particular, over the years has been
successfully bring anyone to justice “amazing”.
through lack of admissible evidence.
Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council • April 2009 • TRUE BLUE 3
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WA Police Families Advisory Council
573 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000.
of (insert work location)
Tick either or both boxes below:
Hereby authorise you to deduct from my salary, payable in respect of my employment
with you, a fortnightly donation of Two* dollars ($2.00) payable to WA Police Legacy
Inc. commencing the first available pay period. All amounts remitted on my behalf,
pursuant to this authority shall be deemed to be payment by me personally. This
authority is to continue until such time as it is withdrawn by me in writing.
Hereby authorise you to deduct from my salary, payable in respect of my
employment with you, a fortnightly donation of Two* dollars ($2.00) payable to WA
Police Families Advisory Council, commencing the first available pay period. All
amounts remitted on my behalf, pursuant to this authority shall be deemed to be
payment by me personally. This authority is to continue until such time as it is
withdrawn by me in writing.
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4 TRUE BLUE • April 2009 • Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council
WA Police Legacy Patrons
Hon. Rob Johnson JP MLA, Minister for Police
Congratulations to WA Police Legacy One is the Criminal Code Amendment
on the publication of the first issue of Bill 2008 which will enforce
your new newsletter. I am extremely mandatory jail terms of up to 12
proud to be a joint patron of the months for serious assaults on police.
organisation, together with the The other is the Police Officers’
Commissioner of Police. Medical and Other Expenses Bill
(originally drafted by the Opposition),
In October last year I was delighted
which will ensure that police officers
to travel to Newman for the
who leave the job suffering from an
memorial arranged by WA Police
injury incurred on the job will have
Legacy for the four officers who were
their medical expenses covered.
tragically killed in a police plane crash
on Australia Day 2001. I was able to While the State Government and the
“The Barnett Government witness first hand the great job the WA Police will always do all they can
organisation does and found the to look after the interests of police
is extremely committed event extremely moving. It was also officers, the role of WA Police Legacy
wonderful to hear that some $71,000 in providing ongoing support to the
to supporting police officers was raised as a result of the social spouses and children of deceased or
rugby match organised by Police permanently disabled police officers
Legacy, following the service. will also continue to be vitally
in the difficult and often important.
The Barnett Government is extremely
committed to supporting police I wish WA Police Legacy all the very
dangerous job that officers in the difficult and often best with all your events and activities
dangerous job that they do and that this year and will continue to provide
they do ...” is why we have introduced two you with my enthusiastic support.
particular pieces of legislation, which,
when passed, will help provide that
Karl J O’Callaghan APM, Commissioner of Police
Each year as Commissioner of Police I immediate and direct assistance to
undertake hundreds of police and the spouses and their loves ones.
public engagements. However, for
Apart from financial assistance, with
me, none is more important and
things like education grants for
solemn than my participation in National
children, I believe one of the most
Police Remembrance Day service on
important things Police Legacy does
is to keep in touch with the families
Each state and territory police of police officers – to make them feel
jurisdiction across Australasia and the that they are indeed still a part of the
South West Pacific Region honours “Police Family”.
those who made the ultimate sacrifice
That is why I am delighted that with
and gave their lives serving their local
the publication of this newsletter WA
“I believe one of the most communities.
Police Legacy has taken yet another
On this day we also remember the step aimed at keeping the wider
important things Police feast of St Michael the Archangel, Police Family informed about the
Patron Saint of police officers, activities of not only WA Police
Legacy does is to keep in paratroopers and other emergency Legacy, but also the WA Police
services personnel, and look to him to Families Advisory Council, a valuable
protect and keep safe our members member-funded organisation assisting
touch with the families of as they continue to serve the the families of serving officers in times
community 365 days of the year. of tragedy, illness and despair.
police officers ...”
All officers and their families know Thanks to the generosity of those
that policing can sometimes be a police officers who contribute
dangerous job but when a life is lost fortnightly out of their pay to support
the “Police Family” pulls together to these bodies, as well as those who
support and care for one another. support the fundraising events, I am
sure the two organisations will go
When tragedy strikes, WA Police
from strength to strength.
Legacy is there to offer more
Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council • April 2009 • TRUE BLUE 5
Gibb River Road Mountain Bike
Challenge on again
This year’s Cable Beach Club Gibb members from every state and
River Road Mountain Bike Challenge territory in Australia,” he said.
between May 18 and 22 will see the
This year’s participating Legacy Legends
participation of more than 300 people,
comprise Police Legacy Board member,
including 250 riders and support
Sgt Julie Vassiliou, Tracy Sutton
(Lesmurdie SHS Admin. Assistant),
To qualify, teams of two to six riders Detective Senior Constable Lesley
Derby doesn’t immediately present raise at least $1000 for charity. Half Beresc, Ray Chapman (The Bicycle
itself as a place that might host a the amount raised is to benefit WA Entrepreneur, Willeton), Cliff Slodecki
burgeoning annual mountain bike Police Legacy whilst the other half and Ken Manly (both financial planning
event. Located in the remote may be donated to any registered officers with Police and Nurses Credit
Kimberley Region of Western Australia, charity of the team’s choosing. Society} and driver Peter Eley.
2700 kilometres north of Perth, there In just two years the participating For more information visit
isn’t a mountain bike club in town, teams have collectively raised more www.thegibbchallenge.net.au
there’s not even a bike shop. In fact than $200,000 benefiting 19 very
the closest bike shop is Broome Cycles, worthy charities around Australia.
a lazy 220 kilometres to the south.
Sgt Simon Rimmer, the Kimberley
There are however several vital District Training Officer, is the principal
ingredients present: a vibrant Kimberley organiser of the event, aided by a
community with boundless enthusiasm; committee of volunteers from Broome
the Gibb River Road just out of town; Cycles, Broome SES, Norforce, WIN TV,
and hundreds of heroic cyclists who FESA, St John Ambulance and
want to ride along it for charity. The Exmouth Police.
Gibb is an iconic stock route linking
the inland pastoral areas portrayed in He said that of the 56 teams and four
Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia” and soloists registered, 12 had police
the deep port facility of Derby. representation within the team,
including the Police Legacy team –
Still used to move cattle, it is also an Legacy Legends.
outback tourist destination and one of
the “must do” routes for adventurous “The vast majority of our participants
four-wheel drive enthusiasts. and those in turn supporting WA
Police Legacy are our community
6 TRUE BLUE • April 2009 • Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council
WA Police Legacy Inc and WA Police Families
Advisory Council Boards
In this first edition of the newsletter we profile the directors who sit on the boards both of
WA Police Legacy Inc. and the Police Families Advisory Council. We also profile Peter
Browne, the Manager of WA Police Legacy and the Secretary of the Police Families
Advisory Council. In forthcoming editions we will profile the other board members.
WA Police Legacy Inc and
WA Police Families Advisory
WA Police Legacy Inc.
Hon. Rob Johnson, JP MLA,
Minister for Police
Karl J O’Callaghan APM,
Commissioner of Police
Chair: Vice Chair: Board:
A/Superintendent Bill Leonard A/Senior Sergeant Jill Willoughby (Chair) Bill Leonard
(Vice Chair) Jill Willoughby
Bill Leonard is the Chair of both WA Jill has been a police officer for 31 (Treasurer) Jenny Sara
Police Legacy and the Police Families years. She is Vice Chair of both WA
Advisory Council. Police Legacy and the WA Police Assistant Treasurer: Shane Sadler
Families Advisory council.
As a career police officer, he has more
than 34 years in “the job”, all of During her career she has been Other elected Board members:
them in the WA Police. stationed at Central, Victoria Park, Bradley Sorrell
Mounted Police, Counter Terrorist Geoff Stewart APM
Bill currently runs the WA Police Julie Vassillou
Intelligence Unit, Fremantle, Major
Information and Communication Vicki Wray-Watts
Projects Unit, National Projects, the
Technology (ICT) Division, which
Commissioner’s Office, Police Media
supports police throughout the State. Representatives:
as well as Community Policing at
His previous experience includes Police Union: Kim Sadlier
Cannington and Fremantle.
operational and management roles in Widows: Jane Bowen-Sutton
the Organised Crime, Commercial As an Acting Senior Sergeant, Jill now Commissioner: Graeme Castlehow
Crime and Internal Investigation arenas. works at the Police Complaints Retired Officers: Vic Smith
Administration Centre in the role of
Married with four adult children (one
Assessment Officer. She has been on Police Families Advisory Council
daughter and three sons), Bill
the Board of Directors of WA Police
completed a Masters degree in
Legacy for more than 10 years. (Chair) Bill Leonard
Business Administration at Edith
Cowan University in 2006 at the age “Over the years Legacy has provided (Vice Chair) Jill Willoughby
of 51. He is continuing his studies at vital help to hundreds of widows and (Treasurer) Wayne Bryan
Curtin University, where he is children to enable them to deal with
undertaking the completion of a the situation when they lose loved- Other elected Board members:
Doctorate in Business Administration. ones and support is ongoing and Vicki Wray-Watts
crucial,” she said. Ian Thomas
“My vision for WA Police Legacy in Dominic Wood
the next three years is for us to be Several years ago Jill also became a Trevor Cruickshank
available and approachable to those board member of the Police Families Nicole Hill
who need us,” he said. Advisory Council, now holding the Hadyn Green
position of Vice-Chairman. Shane Sadler
“We need to maintain benevolence
and relevance to all our beneficiaries. “It is essential we improve the
We also need to ensure sustainability awareness and image of these vitally Representatives:
and be aligned with the wider “police important organisations to increase Commissioner: Greg Young
family”, so that we can achieve an the number of officers who Retired Officers: Peter Thomas
integrated approach to resolving contribute their fortnightly payments
welfare and family issues for police to enable the assistance to continue Police Chaplains, Keith Carmody and
officers and their families.” to be provided,” she said. Mike Mateljan
Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council • April 2009 • TRUE BLUE 7
Board Member: Assistant Treasurer:
A/Sergeant Vicki Wray-Watts Senior Sergeant Shane Sadler
A/Sergeant Vicki Wray-Watts has been A police officer since 1980, Shane is a
a police officer for a total of 19 years, Senior Sergeant and his present role Deepest sympathy to the families and
joining up in 1973 for seven years is that of Prosecutions Manager at other loved ones of the officers and
and rejoining again in 1997. Prosecuting Division, Perth. Police “family” who have passed
away since January 1, 2009.
She has been stationed at Perth, While the majority of his career has
Northam, Perth Detectives, Bayswater, been spent at police stations, both WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
Morley, Firearm Inquiry Unit, Police country and metropolitan, Shane has
Operations Centre and is now a also worked in the Royal Commission
Lindsay Harding (5960)
trainer with IT Project Delivery, Investigation Team and the Risk
Mark Greville (6324)
travelling all over the State teaching Assessment Unit.
Peter Eugene Sofulak (6359)
on site at police stations.
Married, with two grown children, Lee Gilmore (9458)
The mother of two adult daughters, aged 21 and 18, Shane is a member Matthew Kernohan (13672)
Vicki is a keen swimmer, body surfer of both the WA Police Legacy and the
and paddle skier. She is also a surf Police Families Advisory Council
Ross King (2099)
lifesaver with Trigg Island, where she boards. Shane said he became involved
Anthony Westerside (2149)
is a member of the current WA State in both organisations because he has
Stanley Herbert Regal (2403)
Beach March Past team. She also a genuine interest in the welfare of
Patrick (Lorne) Fitzgerald (2811)
enjoys riding her bike to work and police officers and their families.
Ronald James Smith (3087)
walking her dog.
As the Assistant Treasurer for WA Ronald Thomas Seiler (3987)
“I am technically a Police Legacy Police Legacy his role involves Shaun Keeble (9678)
baby,” said Vicki. “My late father ensuring that all accounts for
Superintendent Les Watts was a keen payment, monies received etc are
Jean Petersen, wife of the late
supporter of Police Legacy and all dealt with in the prescribed manner to
Charles Petersen (2001)
things family. My mother Elsie still satisfy regulatory requirements.
attends the WA Police Widows Guild
“Away from work, my main interest is
meetings and until recently was an
sport. I still play veterans basketball
active participant in Legacy activities,
but also enjoy jogging, swimming or
in particular helping out at camps.”
anything else active. I also enjoy Dates to remember
Vicki has been on the Board of the watching football during the winter May
PFAC for the past eight years and season. Police Widows Kalgoorlie Tour
Police Legacy Board since 2006. May 12–5
“One of my recent Legacy activities
“I enjoy my roles especially when was taking some of our younger Gibb River Road Mountain Bike
there is participation with the Police Legatees to a Wildcats game—not Challenge
May 18–22, 2009
Widows and their functions, the sure who enjoyed the game more—
children with their functions and me or them!” WA Police Legacy Tennis Cup,
Northbridge, Date TBC
knowing I am helping to make a
difference in supporting them. I Police Legacy and ADF Ten Pin
Bowling, Cannington, Date TBC
believe I gain as much as they do,”
she said. Police Legacy Golf Day, Clarkson
Joint WA Police Legacy and ADF
Winter Camp, Albany, Date TBC
Further details from Peter Browne at
the WA Police Legacy Office.
If you have a picture or a story you
think would interest our readers, please
send it to us. Remember, pictures must
be 300dpi at postcard size to be
suitable for printing
8 TRUE BLUE • April 2009 • Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council
Peter Browne, Manager
WA Police Legacy and Secretary of the WA Police Families Advisory Council
Police Legacy Manager was a Legacy child himself
Churchill Fellow and former long-
serving police officer, Peter Browne,
became the Manager of WA Police
Legacy in 2002.
With 33 years in the WA Police, Peter
has a wealth of experience in welfare,
youth crime, substance abuse issues
and community health. He also knows,
from first-hand experience, the tragedy
of losing a father at a very young age.
When he took on the responsibility of
managing Police Legacy, the role at
that time was a part of the function of
his role as Welfare Officer at the WA
Peter was involved in the WA response
to the National Police Memorial in
Canberra and the State Memorial at the
Police Academy. He was also keenly
involved in the ‘Wellbeing of the
Profession’ research project with Edith
Cowan University and the WA Police
and the Post Separation Medical Benefit
“On Track” programs. Both programs “My role is to provide a response to
have been awarded National Violence families in need and bring with me a
At the conclusion of the projects in Prevention Awards. toolbox of resources that includes legal
2007, WA Police Legacy moved offices and financial professionals, a network of
As a Churchill Fellow in 2000 he was
from the Police Union to the WA Police support services and, where appropriate,
afforded the special experience of
Personnel Services area at 573 Hay provide services as a Peer Support
travelling and working with police
Street, Perth, where it could be close to Officer with direct access to Health and
officers in the United States of America,
Health and Welfare and Fit for Life. Welfare,the Police Chaplaincy Service,
England and Canada.
PFAC benevolent assistance and WA
During his career as a police officer, Police Legacy,” said Peter.
“As a young boy I unfortunately lost my
Peter was the inaugural Welfare Officer
father in a traffic crash but as a
at Health and Welfare for the WA Police
consequence received the benefits of
in 1989 and also served in all regions of
Legacy Australia, the military
the State as a uniformed general police
counterpart of Police Legacy,” said “My role is to
officer, as well as a time at Coronial
Peter. “Consequently I have first-hand
During one such stint in the country
experience of the needs of families in
circumstances affected by tragedy and
provide a response
Peter was the Chair of the Harvey the benefits that an organisation such
District Hospital Board, Deputy Chair as Legacy can provide to children. to families in
of the Harvey/Yarloop District Health
Married with four adult children, and
Service and member of the Country
Hospital Boards Council of WA.
eight grandchildren, Peter’s late father-
in-law, Frank Cassidy (1805) was also a
Whilst serving in the City of Perth as police officer, and his mother-in-law is
Officer-in-Charge of the Perth City a police widow.
Watch he oversaw the design and
Photo: Peter Browne (seated, wearing white hat) pictured at El Questro during the 2008 Gibb River Road
implementation of the Noongar Patrol Mountain Bike Challenge. On his left is former Assistant Commissioner Graeme Lienert and standing (right)
Scheme (Karnya) and Mission Australia is Police & Nurses Credit Society volunteer timekeeper, Ken Manley. Also pictured are ambulance officers.
Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council • April 2009 • TRUE BLUE 9
Fun Cat day on the Swan
by Vicki Wray-Watts
“... the mums seized Sunday, February 22 graced us with
exceptionally beautiful weather for the
Nestled in the shade of paper bark trees
giving dappled filtered shade, the
36 Police Legacy people (including 21 mums seized the opportunity to catch
the opportunity to children) who attended the Fun Cat up with old friends, whilst the children
Sailing day on the foreshore of South all enjoyed sailing on the river, even in
Perth. moments of dead calm.
catch up with old Some 60 people from Police Legacy No sunburn or injuries were recorded,
and Army Legacy were present for this despite dead jelly fish throwing, swims
friends.” lovely picnic outing. in the river, ball games, riding on skate
boards and scooters, plus a large water
pistol being used, in addition to the
Our thanks to the dedicated Army chefs
who turned on a superb BBQ with
heaps of good food, drinks and ice
creams to round off the feast.
Above and left: Police Legacy mums and children had a
fun cat day on the Swan River. (Photos: Vicki Wray-Watts)
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Bathroom makeover a boon for seriously
Making a difference to the lives of it, as well as detachable shower head
police officers and their families in times and PFAC paid the rest of the
of need is what the WA Police Families renovation cost of the bathroom;
Advisory Council is all about. around two thirds of the total cost, so
that was amazing. It's made such a
So being able to make a small difference
difference to him,” she said.
to the lives of Constable Matt Butcher
and his wife Katrina over the last year Matt remains determined to recover as
had been particularly pleasing for PFAC, much capacity as possible.
said Manager/Secretary Peter Browne.
“I think I am making daily progress in
In February 2008 Matt was bashed my walking. I am getting stronger and
whilst on duty, trying to break up a Matt and Katrina Butcher quicker, but I still have a long way to
fight outside a tavern in Joondalup. He go,” he said.
ended up in an induced coma for 10 Katrina said when Matt was first injured,
Katrina is now back at work and Matt
days as a result of the serious injuries he she had to take 6-8 weeks off work to
travels by taxi each week day to his
sustained, which left him with brain be near her husband in the hospital.
physio sessions, courtesy of the WA
damage and in a wheelchair for eight
“PFAC were really supportive of me. Police.
months. Two of his fellow officers were
They paid for me to stay close by the
also injured in the same incident. Matt is determined to spread the word
hospital in a little motel just around the
about PFAC and its benefits.
As a result of physio sessions five days a corner. I didn't want to go home and
week, he is gradually making progress, needed to be near Matt and come and “I believe the majority of officers are
but still has a long road to travel, go as much as possible, so that was not aware of PFAC's existence. I would
according to his wife Katrina. fantastic. strongly urge all members to contribute
the $2 a pay, which is less than a beer a
“He’s walking around the house now “People like Peter Browne and the WA
fortnight. Then they can have the
but still requires a wheelchair for long Police were always there. It was nice to
assurance that if something unfortunate
distance and shopping centres and so have so many supportive faces around.
does happen PFAC will always be
on. His quality of walking is improving, We were really lucky.”
around to help you and your family,”
but it's still not the best,” she said.
Katrina said the other major way in he said.
“His left arm, there's no movement which PFAC had helped was the
Footnote: Following a six week trial in
there. Doctors have told us there’s renovation to their bathroom.
the District Court, a man and his two
chance it won't come back, but we're
“WA Police paid for the shower hob to sons were found not guilty of all assault
be removed, as Matt couldn't step over charges related to the incident in which
Matt was injured.
From page three...
15 years since parcel bomb death of Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen
As a member of the Widows Guild and Talking to some five-year-olds, citizens, otherwise we would end up
Police Legacy Board member she is very poignantly he told them: “I was just like the person who murdered Geoff.”
keen to ensure that as many police about your age when my dad was
Most people would agree that Jane has
officers as possible contribute to Legacy. murdered.”
more than succeeded in her quest.
“Just remember Police Legacy is always Jane said she is positive Geoff would
there to help your family, should you be have been extremely proud of both
killed on duty or pass away through his boys.
natural causes. It might be you or it “Just remember
“I have always made a point with the
might be your best mate. I think it’s
boys of saying: “Don’t let it be an
really important to be a part of Police
Legacy and the Union.”
excuse to ruin your life. Their father’s Police Legacy is
death affected them very deeply and it
As one might expect, Constable Simon will always affect them, but it’s not
Bowen, 20, is already a regular going to define them. always there to help
contributor to Police Legacy. Recently,
“It’s been a challenge bringing up the
while attending a memorial service for
the five officers from Newman who
boys, not having anyone charged and your family ...”
brought to trial. You have to bring
were killed in a police plane crash, he
them up to be good people, good
addressed school groups.
Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council • April 2009 • TRUE BLUE 11
Police Legacy kids lap up camp life
“Why are you in Legacy?” was the “I am the supervisor for the wards
“It really brought simple, yet profound question from a under 12 years of age. I find I can
six-year-old WA Police Legacy ward relate very well to the kids and they
home to me that that long time Legacy volunteer John
Wither found himself answering at
seem comfortable talking to me.
However I was amazed at the
the annual Legacy camp for kids in conversation with this little girl,
I get far more back Busselton in January. whose police officer father had died
in a tragic accident.
Police Legacy and Legacy combine
from being involved for activities throughout the year, and
with wards from five to 17 years of
“She listened intently to what I said,
she asked lots of questions, seeming
age there are lots of varying needs. to be taking everything in, and had a
in these camps “I was taken back a bit. It was an
very confident discussion with me
about her dad.
amazing conversation,” said John, a
than I put in.” still physically fit, former WA and “It really brought home to me that I
NSW police officer and mine get far more back from being
manager, who also served in Vietnam involved in these camps than I put in.
whilst completing National Service. I think that goes for everyone
involved in running the camps,
Peter Browne is now calling “We were walking along the beach
making sure the kids have a great
for anyone interested in early one morning after P.T, the
time as well as helping their personal
volunteering to help at the young girl was on my shoulders, and
development, and providing an ear if
next camp in Albany in July to although you often have very
they want to talk.
contact him at the Police emotional discussions with the kids,
Legacy Office. this was something special. “In lots of cases the camps are the
first time they are away from the
home environment since they lost
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Above: Some of the WA Police Legacy kids in front of “Simmo’s” ice cream factory at Dunsborough. Also pictured in back row: (left) Sgt Ian Clarke, Officer-in-Charge,
Dunsborough Police; fourth from left, camp volunteer Megan Browne next to Garth “Simmo” Simpson (in apron), WA Police Legacy Manager Peter Browne, Senior
Constable Dave White and Ist Class Constable Cameron Hubbard, also of Dunsborough Police. Opposite: Police Airwing Tactical Flight Officers, Senior Constable Jamie
Kenny (L) and Senior Constable Gavin Miller talk to the kids, while WA Police Legacy Manager Peter Browne looks on.
their mum or dad. We have a very skating, swimming, sailing, visits to Among the climbers was Police Legacy
important and fulfilling role to local caves and beaches, drive-in ward Jess Walton, 14, who attended
undertake. movies as well as enjoying a visit from the camp with her brothers and sister.
the Police helicopter and a perennial
“Just to see how confident these children Another Police Legacy ward, Jenae
favourite, a visit to ‘Simmo’s’ ice
become through being involved in Claesson, 16, who has been
cream factory at Dunsborough. The
the camps is a reward in itself,” he attending the camps for some time
local Dunsborough Police visited the
said. “The friendships they make with her brother Tim, said: “The
camp on a number of occasions, and
with other wards, and the supervisors, camps are really fun. We just do so
the Busselton Bush Fire Brigade also
is something that stays with them for many things, including visiting
attended, showing the wards their
ever. They are unique kids.” Campbell Barracks at Swanbourne.
Friends say to me: ‘Wow, how did
This year’s camp saw 24 Police
A highlight, of the camp was a visit to you get in there?’” she said.
Legacy children join a total
the Special Air Service Regiment’s
complement of 66 children, including Police Legacy Manager Peter Browne,
Campbell Barracks at Swanbourne,
28 Legacy wards from around the who was also involved in the camp,
where the wards participated in
country and local Legacy wards. said that 22 men and women gave
confidence building and skill learning
Assisting in the running of the camp up their time to undertake roles such
activities. The wards also participated
were 22 former police, retired and as hygiene officers (toilet cleaning
in abseiling and climbing, under the
serving military officers and wives, and rubbish collection), chef, kitchen
supervision of the SASR instructors,
under the overall supervision of John hands, dish washers, paramedic,
with some of the wards scaling the
Burridge of Legacy. quartermaster and personal supervisors.
climbing wall, reputed to be the
Over 10 days the children tallest open air, free standing climbing “As well as them we also want to say
participated in physical and mental wall in the southern hemisphere. a big thank you to the Special Air
activities, including water activities in Service Regiment for their ongoing
Zodiacs, learning bush survival skills commitment to the Legacy wards,”
in the forests of Pemberton, roller he added.
Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council • April 2009 • TRUE BLUE 13
Police & Nurses helps kids
to start saving early
Helping kids to “So when your child wants a new toy,
learn the you can then explain to them how
importance of much that item costs and how long it
saving is a will take them to save up for it, given
valuable lesson the amount of allowance they receive.
parents can give
“As you can see from the example
shown, an easy way to calculate this
and a lesson
is to use an online calculator from the
Police & Nurses website,
Police & Nurses
Credit Society. To help your children start saving,
Police & Nurses is providing two
$100 savings accounts as prizes for
Business Development at Police &
kids who enter the “Spot the
Nurses, Warren Littlefair, says:
difference” competition. See the
“Children who learn to save at an
competion coupon below for more
early age get a great head start in life,
details on how to enter.
as it helps them learn the principles
of managing money wisely.
“Doing practical things, like setting
up a bank account and paying your
child an allowance for the work they
do around the house are easy ways
for parents to start this process.
Kids, would you like to win a $100 savings account with Police & Nurses Credit
PNCS is offering two lucky children the chance to win one of these accounts. For a
chance to win, you need to spot the difference between these two photos of a police
horse and Mounted Branch officer on patrol.
rence The photo on the right is slightly different to the original one on the left. Draw small
the diffe 00 circles around the three parts of the photo on the right that are different, then fill in
Spot win a $1 t
the coupon below and post to:
and s accoun
savin Police &
“Spot the Difference” Competition, WA Police Legacy Inc.
PO Box 87, Victoria Park, WA 6979
Nu Name Age
Police Member Number (your family will know)
Terms and Conditions:
• Entry restricted to children of WA Police Members, and
who are aged up to 17 years.
• Entries should be received by April 28, 2009. Telephone number
• The first two correct entries drawn will win.
Photo: Courtesy Police Public Affairs
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We’ve had some very hot days this summer, but
winter’s just around the corner. To keep our police
families warm and cosy, WA Police Legacy has 50 brand
new oil column heaters up for grabs, courtesy of one of
our generous corporate supporters.
I would like future issues of the newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and The AIE Brand heater has a thermostat control, multiple
WA Police Families Advisory Council mailed to the address below. Please tick.* settings, overheat protection and is on castors.
Terms and Conditions:
Name • Entry restricted to Police Members and their immediate
Police Member Number (you or your family member) • Entries must be received by April 28, 2009. The first 50
names drawn will win a heater.
• Prize winners will collect their heaters in Perth, by
Postcode arrangement with the Manager, WA Police Legacy Inc.
• Please cut out this coupon and mail it in an envelope
Daytime contact number Email: marked: “The Great Heater Give Away”, WA Police Legacy,
*By ticking the ‘Yes’ box you agree that your details will be included on our newsletter mailing database. WA Police Legacy
PO Box 87, Victoria Park 6979
and the PFAC undertake that your information will not be provided to any third party for any other purpose.
Kids! Do you like gardening?
How would you like the chance to win a Hortex garden pack for you or your family?
Supported by Padstow Grange Distributors of Belmont, we have a total of
10 Hortex Quality Garden Products kits for you to win.
There are six children’s tool sets plus a pair of gloves (retail value $15 each) and
four Hortex Garden Packs (retail value $33), each containing a Hortex power
pruner, kneeling pad, hand trowel, hand weeder, one pair of gloves and a
For a chance to win, please send us a colour drawing of a garden.
(It can be your garden or any garden. You can even put yourself and your family
in the drawing.)
you an sf
Terms and Conditions:
• Entry restricted to children of WA Police Members, and who are aged up d your or
to 10 years.
• Entries should be received by April 28, 2009.
• The 10 drawings judged to be the best by WA Police Legacy Inc will
each win a prize.
• The winning drawings may be published in a future edition of this
Fill in and cut out this coupon and send it together with
your drawing to:
Hortex Gardening Competition,
WA Police Legacy Inc,
PO Box 87, Victoria Park, WA 6979
Hortex Gardening Competition, WA Police Legacy Inc.
PO Box 87, Victoria Park, WA 6979
Police Member Number (your family will know)
Official Newsletter of WA Police Legacy Inc. and the WA Police Families Advisory Council • April 2009 • TRUE BLUE 15
Police widows bound for Kalgoorlie and Broome
The ever busy co-founder and Vice The Widows Guild operates under its
President of the WA Police Widows own constitution and is funded by
Guild, Nonie Browner, is in the midst the widows themselves through
of planning two more holiday trips subscription fees. It provides widows
for police widows, this time to with invaluable social networking
Kalgoorlie and Broome. opportunities through regular meetings,
lunches, outings and holidays.
The four-day trip by rail to Kalgoorlie
will run from Tuesday, May 12 until Nonie’s late husband, Sgt Ray Browner,
Friday, May 15 and will include a died of a massive heart attack, on
scenic tour of the city, a visit to the May 12, 1971, leaving her with three
KCGM Super Pit and the Royal Flying children aged seven, 13 and 14. Later
Doctors. Widows will also visit the that year, she initiated the Widows
famed “Bush Two Up” school and Guild, together with Grace Hewitt
Ora Banda. from the Police Union. In 1976 Nonie
went on to help establish “A Legacy
As the Widows’ Liaison Officer and
of Our Own”, the organisation that is
Nonie Browner, Travel Coordinator for WA Police
Widows Guild co-founder
now known as the Police Families
Legacy, Nonie is also planning a five-
day trip to Broome in August. Both
trips are being arranged in The current President of the Widows
“It provides widows conjunction with Harvey World
Travel, with whom Nonie has had a
Guild is Helen Williams, Doreen White
is Treasurer and Jane Bowen-Sutton
long association as a tour leader. represents the Guild on the Police
with invaluable “These trips are always enjoyable and
we always try and organise two or For more information on the Guild,
social networking three a year,” said Nonie. “Last year a
number of us went to Canberra for
including the planned trips or how
to join, Nonie Browner can be
the National Police Remembrance contacted on 9341 3905,
opportunities ...” Day Service, which was very moving.” mobile: 0410 826 818 or email:
WA Police Legacy Inc. and
WA Police Families Advisory Council Broome Police Legacy Ball
Manager/Secretary: Get your dancing shoes on! Broome Organising Committee member,
Peter Browne Police are hosting the inaugural Det. Sen. Constable Jane Gillham
Broome Police Legacy Ball at the said: “We would like to hear from
Street Address: Cable Beach Club Amphitheatre on anyone involved in an organisation
Level 4, 573 Hay Street, Perth 6000 Saturday October 31, 2009. in the Broome area that could
Postal Address: benefit from such a fund raiser,
P.O. Box 87, Victoria Park 6979 The ball is a formal event to raise
whether, you are raising funds
money for Police Legacy, as
Phone: (08) 9268 7730 for much needed
well as a local cause yet
Fax: (08) 9268 7744 infrastructure or
to be determined,
Mobile: 0409 290 169 equipment, or the
with funds raised to
Email: email@example.com money is needed for
be divided 50-50.
True Blue Managing Editor: It will include live
running of the
Peter Browne (Contact details as above) entertainment
from Perth, a
silent auction and All submissions
special guests. should be
Cocktail food and submitted in writing
Phone/Fax: (08) 9336 2081
drinks are inclusive and addressed to:
Mobile: 0403 835 733
in the ticket price. The Organising
Graphic design, art and production There will only be 350 Committee, Broome
management: tickets sold. Police Legacy Ball,
Design Design Graphic Management PO Box 82, Broome 6725.
The organising committee is looking
West Perth For further details or email addresses
for corporate sponsors to provide
Phone: (08) 9481 6085 to send submissions please contact
items for auction and a door prize,
Senior Constable Rob Cox, Constable
We’re on the web! but most importantly they are
Cara Jellie or Det. Sen Constable
www.policelegacywa.org.au looking for a local non-profit
Jane Gillham at the Broome Police
organisation or charity to benefit.
Registered as a newsletter with Australian Post Station on (08) 9194 0200.
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