Officers and staff who died as a direct result of duty

New Zealand Police honours and remembers officers and employees killed as a direct result of their duties.

  • Office Administrator Pamela (Pam) Maree Brien

    Died: 
    22nd February 2011
    Papanui

    Died when Christchurch’s CTV building collapsed in the 6.3 Canterbury earthquake.

    Office Administrator Pamela (Pam) Maree Brien (nee Brooker)
  • Detective Travis Brent Hughes

    Died: 
    29th January 2005
    Queenstown

    Died when a Cessna 172 aircraft crashed in the Gibbston Valley during a routine cannabis reconnaissance mission.

    Detective Travis Brent Hughes
  • Senior Constable Philip (Piripi) Anthony Wipatene

    Died: 
    15th July 2004
    New Plymouth

    Died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash on the Oakura Bridge.

    Senior Constable Philip (Piripi) Anthony Wipatene
  • Senior Technician Glenn William Phillips

    Died: 
    7th March 2000
    Hamilton

    Died in a helicopter crash on Mt Karioi near Raglan en route to test radio repeater stations.

    Senior Technician Glenn William Phillips
  • Sergeant Lindsay (Lou) Eion Grant

    Died: 
    26th November 1993
    Auckland

    Died when the Police helicopter Eagle collided with a fixed wing aircraft over the Auckland motorway.

    Sergeant Lindsay (Lou) Eion Grant
  • Constable Alastair Alan Sampson

    Died: 
    26th November 1993
    Auckland

    Died when the Police helicopter Eagle collided with a fixed wing aircraft over the Auckland motorway.

    Constable Alastair Alan Sampson
  • Detective Anthony Raymond Harrod

    Died: 
    17th December 1990
    Wanganui

    Died as a result of falling from a helicopter while conducting a cannabis recovery operation. 

    Detective Anthony Raymond Harrod
  • Constable Glenn Andrews Hughes

    Died: 
    2nd July 1986
    Wellington

    Drowned when the police launch Lady Elizabeth II sank in heavy seas off Barrett’s reef at the entrance to Wellington harbour.

    Constable Glenn Andrews Hughes
  • Senior Sergeant Philip William Ward

    Died: 
    2nd July 1986
    Wellington

    Drowned when the police launch Lady Elizabeth II sank in heavy seas off Barrett’s reef at the entrance to Wellington harbour.

    Senior Sergeant Philip William Ward
  • Constable Graeme Stuart Wackrow

    Died: 
    25th March 1984
    Dannevirke

    Died as result of injuries received in a motor vehicle crash on SH2 south of Dannevirke. 

    Constable Graeme Stuart Wackrow
  • Constable Peter Robert Heritage

    Died: 
    11th May 1983
    Ashburton

    Died as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle crash in Ashburton.

    Constable Peter Robert Heritage
  • Traffic Officer Steven Alan Perry

    Died: 
    4th April 1983
    Lower Hutt

    On his patrol motorcycle he collided with another vehicle on the corner of Nelson Street and the Esplanade, Petone. He died in Wellington hospital of his injuries. Aged 22.

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  • Constable Gregory Donald Rowe

    Died: 
    1st April 1978
    Wellington

    Died as a result of injuries received when the Lady Elizabeth II police launch was rescuing a yacht in heavy seas. His body was never recovered.

    Constable Gregory Donald Rowe
  • Traffic Officer Robert Clive Bell

    Died: 
    12th February 1978
    Wellington

    Responding to a vehicle crash on his motorcycle with red light flashing he crashed into a car that pulled out into his path and suffered severe head injury. Aged 21.

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  • Constable Alan Robert Liddell

    Died: 
    26th February 1976
    Greymouth

    Drowned in the Grey River helping to recreate a crime scene.

    Constable Alan Robert Liddell
  • Traffic Officer George Nelson

    Died: 
    25th October 1975
    Wellington

    A sports car pulled into his path, he was thrown from his motorcycle on impact and suffered severe head injury. Aged 23.

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  • Constable Peter Allan Hart

    Died: 
    9th March 1974
    Napier

    Constable Hart was on duty when he stopped to assist a motorist whose car had broken down. A car travelling in the same direction crashed into the rear of the car and killed him.

    Constable Peter Allan Hart
  • Detective Sergeant Robin Pittman Thompson

    Died: 
    4th May 1973
    Wellington

    Died as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle crash in the Manawatu Gorge.

    Detective Sergeant Robin Pittman Thompson
  • Traffic Officer Martin Ross Miller

    Died: 
    14th March 1973
    Wellington

    Collision with a truck on the Johnsonville – Porirua motorway while riding his patrol motorcycle. Aged 21.

    Traffic Officer Martin Ross Miller
  • Traffic Officer Richard Henry Cecil Dench

    Died: 
    23rd November 1970
    Christchurch

    Lost control of his motorcycle while pursuit training on the road between Paremata and Pauatahanui. Aged 31.

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  • Transport Department Inspector George Henry Jenner

    Died: 
    15th May 1955
    Christchurch

    Collision with a truck whilst supervising a drivers’ licence test on 4th May 1955. Aged 58.

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  • Transport Department Inspector Edmund Lawrence Fox

    Died: 
    6th December 1954
    Gore

    Head-on collision with a truck that crossed the centre-line near Waikaia. Aged 34.

    Transport Department Inspector Edmund Lawrence Fox
  • Constable Andrew (Andy) James Cummings

    Died: 
    26th April 1946
    Auckland

    Died as a result of injuries received when the police car in which he was a passenger crashed on Great North Road, Western Springs.

    Constable Andrew (Andy) James Cummings
  • Constable Cecil Edgar Orr

    Died: 
    24th February 1942
    Auckland

    Constable Orr was searching for a diamond ring that had been thrown from a train near Parnell. He was killed instantly when struck by a locomotive.

    Constable Cecil Edgar Orr
  • Constable Neils Godley French Berntsen

    Died: 
    9th February 1941
    Wanganui

    Drowned while guarding a wreck at Castlecliff.

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  • Constable Richard Byrne

    Died: 
    2nd April 1940
    Napier

    Died as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle crash in Napier. 

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  • Constable Norman Trerise Davis

    Died: 
    26th August 1939
    New Lynn

    Died from injuries received when he fell from a moving tramcar.

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  • Constable William John Watt

    Died: 
    10th August 1939
    Waimate

    Died as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle crash at Elephant Hill Creek, South Canterbury. 

  • Main Highways Board Inspector Thomas Arthur Allcock

    Died: 
    24th December 1938
    Rotorua

    Struck by a truck as he tried to pull over another vehicle. Aged 25.

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  • Constable John (Jack) Albert Elstone

    Died: 
    3rd March 1936
    Kawakawa

    Died of injuries received in a motorbike crash near Paihia.

    Constable John (Jack) Albert Elstone
  • Constable Charles Hayward Williams

    Died: 
    13th August 1935
    Hamilton

    Drowned in the Waikato River attempting to rescue a woman. He was posthumously honoured by the Royal Humane Society.

    Constable Charles Hayward Williams
  • Constable Patrick Joseph O’Gorman

    Died: 
    21st May 1935
    Avondale

    Died after being struck by a taxi as he stepped into the road to stop a truck.

  • Constable James Shields

    Died: 
    25th October 1933
    Huntly

    Died from injuries received when the vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by the Rotorua – Auckland express.

  • Constable Henry Henderson

    Died: 
    1st July 1932
    Christchurch

    Died from injuries received when the bike he was riding was hit by a taxi.

  • Constable Adam George Begg

    Died: 
    23rd February 1926
    Auckland City

    Died after being struck by a passing train in the Parnell Tunnel while searching for an escaped prisoner.

  • Constable Hercules Spence

    Died: 
    18th July 1919
    Auckland

    Collapsed and died from heart failure after subduing a violently struggling prisoner.

  • Constable Denis Mahoney

    Died: 
    29th March 1914
    Upper Hutt

    Died while attending a fire at an Upper Hutt store that exploded because of illegally stored gelignite.

    Constable Denis Mahoney
  • Sergeant Archibald McPhee

    Died: 
    20th January 1910
    Newmarket

    Died from an illness contracted on duty.

  • Constable Luke McDonnell

    Died: 
    29th June 1901
    Ponsonby

    Died from an illness contracted on duty.

    Constable Luke McDonnell
  • Constable Michael James Mitchell

    Died: 
    31st January 1898
    Auckland

    Died from an illness contracted on duty.

  • Constable Alfred John Stephenson

    Died: 
    16th April 1897
    Napier

    Drowned while rescuing citizens from floods in Napier.

    Constable Alfred John Stephenson
  • Sergeant Florence O’Donovan

    Died: 
    16th April 1897
    Napier

    Drowned while rescuing citizens from floods in Napier.

  • Constable Thomas Ward

    Died: 
    21st August 1896
    Wellington

    Died when he fell from a train in the Lyttlelton Tunnel while returning to Wellington after escorting a prisoner to Timaru.

  • Constable George Harrison Brooking

    Died: 
    20th May 1896
    Waihi
    Died from an illness contracted on duty.
  • Constable James Robinson

    Died: 
    13th November 1891
    Westport

    Died from a head injury sustained on duty.

  • Constable James Cotter

    Died: 
    4th July 1890
    Newmarket
    Died from an illness contracted on duty.
  • Constable Cornelius O’Shea

    Died: 
    16th November 1887
    Auckland
    Died from an illness contracted on duty.
  • Senior Constable Henry Porter

    Died: 
    21st June 1887
    Port Chalmers

    Drowned while doing night rounds in Port Chalmers.

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