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Gold Coast Water Police Vessels

Gold Coast Water Police Vessels

The honouring of fallen officers is a very sensitive and private matter and as a result the Queensland Police Service has an internal naming convention policy. The decisions made regarding this policy is through the Water Police Inspector and the Executive Leadership Team.

When naming a vessel considerable consultation is required, with not only the family of the fallen officer the new vessels is being named after, but also the family of the existing named vessel if the name is being retired.

As a general rule, larger Class One vessels over 12 metres are named in honour of police officers murdered in the line of duty, and vessels under 12m are named after police officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Until 2013, the names of the officers came from the police Districts or Regions they worked in at the time of their passing, but as the Water Police is now a state-wide entity, names are allocated at the discretion of the Commissioner of Police.

DA SHEAN. This vessel is named in honour of Senior Constable David Andrew SHEAN who was tragically killed in a motorcycle incident while responding to a code 2 emergency at Eight Mile Plains on the 5th April 2001.

AL GREAVES. This vessel is named in honour of Anthony Lewis GREAVES who was tragically killed in a motorcycle incident while responding to an urgent medical escort at Woolloongabba on the 9th February 1991.

AP ANDERSON. This vessel is named in honour of Ashley Paul ANDERSON who was tragically killed in a motor vehicle incident while in the execution of his duty at Carrara on the 26th June 1987.

 

(Source: Queensland Police Service South Eastern Region Media Unit: Gold Coast, Queensland)

 

 

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