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PRESIDENt Mark Carroll
Debate over amendmen to Police Act The
Statutes Amendment (Police) Bill 2013 is set to undergo debate in the Legislative Council after it passed the House of Assembly on July 24. The chief purpose of the bill is to amend the Police Act with the introduction of a new drug- and alcohol-testing regime for police officers. It will enable targeted and mandatory testing in certain circumstances. Support for the introduction of this legislation was agreed to by members in the 2011 enterprise agreement. The bill will require police officers to submit to an alcotest or breath analysis, or both, for the purpose of detecting the presence of alcohol. A biological sample may be required to detect the presence of alcohol or drugs. This requirement can apply in circumstances in which a member has been involved in a critical incident or engaged in high-risk driving. It can also apply when reasonable cause exists to believe a member has recently consumed alcohol or used a drug, or is applying for a classified appointment or position. A critical incident has been defined as one in which a person is killed or suffers serious bodily injury: • While detained. • As a result of the discharge of a firearm or ECD. • In circumstances involving a police aircraft, motor vehicle, vessel or other mode of transport. • As a result of alleged police action. Drug means a substance which is a controlled drug under the Controlled Substances Act 1984. The obvious intent of the enterprise agreement clause and subsequent legislation is to support a safe workplace. It is axiomatic that no one wants his or her safety, or the safety of fellow employees or members of the public, compromised.
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ents The procedures for the testing will be developed and enshrined in the Police Regulations. The procedures for the testing will be developed and enshrined in the Police Regulations. The regulations will provide for the confidentiality of test results and control the destruction of biological samples collected for testing. The results of any drug- and alcohol-testing or analysis conducted under the provisions of the Police Act, or any admission or statement made by a person relating to such testing, are not admissible in any proceedings, other than disciplinary proceedings under the act. Other amendments to the Police Act include: • Clarifying the length and manner of a period of probationary appointment, including if the member is absent from duty during the probationary period. • Allowing the Commissioner to transfer a member (as a punishment) for a specified time, rather than for an indefinite period as is currently the case. • Allowing a member to choose to have a minor complaint heard by the Police Disciplinary Tribunal in order for innocence or guilt to be determined. • Providing a right of review for a selection decision if no selection is made from the pool of applicants. To view the full bill and read the Hansard extract from the House of Assembly debate, go to PASAWeb (pasa.asn.au).
Invaluable victim insight The 2010 Kapunda triple murder, which wiped out all but one member of the Rowe family, was one of the worst killings in South Australian history. No one can ever truly know how the sole survivor, Christopher Rowe, and other immediate family members, felt in the aftermath and continue to feel now. Police know this to be true because, in homicide investigations, they work particularly closely with secondary victims. All that we know for certain is that murder and other seriously violent crimes come with extraordinarily damaging flow-on effects. Families and friends have to cope with the loss of, or life-changing injuries to, their loved ones. In our feature story, Triple murder, sisters’ grief (page 10), sisters Christine Mitchell and Sue Mahoney give us an invaluable insight. They tell of the emotional impact of the murder of their brother, Andrew, sisterin-law, Rose, and niece, Chantelle. What they reveal can only help our members better understand the plight of the secondary victim. For that, the Police Association is deeply grateful to Ms Mitchell and Ms Mahoney.
Wall to Wall ride for Remembrance Current and retired police union members from around the nation are set to take part in the fourth Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance next month. More than 70 participants have registered to form part of the South Australian contingent to ride motorcycles all the way to the National Police Memorial in Canberra. There, on Saturday, September 14, those SA riders will join their interstate colleagues in a ceremony to honour Australia’s 700-plus fallen police officers. This will come just ahead of Police Remembrance Day on September 29. The Police Association gives its full support to this outstanding tribute ride, which not only helps keep the lost in our hearts and minds but also raises funds for police charities. Family members, friends and supporters of police officers are welcome to join the ride to show their regard for the fallen, too. So I encourage association members to draw more information from www. walltowallride.com and consider playing a part as a rider or supporter.
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S alar y sacr i f i c i ng novated leases
Police Federation of Australia CEO Mark Burgess has met representatives of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's office to express concern over the impact the government’s planned change to salary sacrificing will have on Police Association members. The PFA advice is that any change will require legislative amendment. The Coalition has said that it will not back changes to the fringe-benefits tax. Any legislative change will not affect people with existing leases. It would only affect a person seeking a novated lease into the future. The PFA is monitoring the situation and I will keep members informed of developments on the issue.
Deputy president elected I congratulate long-time Police Association delegate and committee member Trevor Milne who the membership elected deputy president early this month. Trevor brings to the role decades of commitment to the association, it s m e m b e r s an d th e p o l ic e occupation. I look forward to working alongside him in the interests of all association members.
Sisters Christine Mitchell and Sue Mahoney
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WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of the killings of two adults and a teenager and the injuries they suffered and might distress some readers.
Triple murder, sisters' grief. The 2010 Kapunda murders left all but one member of the Rowe family dead. Among many grieving relatives are two aunts who still struggle to comprehend the massacre.
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By Brett Williams
Below: Chantelle and Rose at home in Kapunda in 2009; right: Andrew, Chantelle and Rose in 2007
It was true. Their baby brother, sister-in-
law and niece were all dead! Murdered! Innocent victims of a maniacal knife attack by a then unknown killer in their Kapunda home. To Sue Mahoney and Christine Mitchell, the sisters of slain father-of-two Andrew Rowe, it was simply not believable. Mitchell went into shock, felt her body go numb and could not even think. She had got word of the killings by phone from her granddaughter, Natasha, and became instantly detached from the chilling truth. Deep in her sub-conscious mind, the victims were someone else’s family. Mahoney copped the crushing news from her husband, Chas, the moment she got home from work around 3pm. He was on the phone – and as white as a ghost – just before he turned to her and said: “It’s Andrew, Rose and Channy.” Mahoney knew something was wrong, began to tremble and asked: “What are you talking about?” A stunned Chas replied: “Sue, they’re dead! It’s been on the news. Three people killed in Kapunda, and it’s Rose, Andrew and Channy.” AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Andrew, 45, was the brother Mahoney had had to raise because of their mother’s continuous battle with poor health. And “Channy” was the niece at whose birth she had been present just 16 years earlier. So, after Chas went on to say that news reports had suggested the possibility of a murder-suicide, an emotion-charged Mahoney “lost it”. She collapsed on her living-room floor screaming… and screaming. “I was just a complete emotional mess,” she says. “Then, things started happening in my head. I wanted to know why. Why Andy would do this (commit murder-suicide). “In reality, I knew straight away it wasn’t murder-suicide. But you still have that little doubt in the back of your mind and think: ‘Was he depressed? Did something go on that we didn’t know about?’ ”
These were doubts that Mahoney need never have entertained. Her beloved brother was as innocent a victim as his wife, Rose, and daughter, Chantelle. All three had died hideous stabbing deaths at the hands of 18-year-old killer Jason Alexander Downie. Infatuated with Chantelle, Downie gained access to the Rowe family home in the early-morning hours of Monday, November 8, 2010. Major Crime detectives would later conclude that he had entered through the bathroom window. And, inside, he never had to contend with the Rowes’ protective son and brother, Christopher, who was away with his partner, Coralie, in Queensland. So, in the absence of the man who might have proved the strongest defence against him, Downie went mercilessly about his killing spree. On his victims, he inflicted more than 100 stab wounds.
“In reality, I knew straight away it wasn’t murder-suicide. But you still have that little doubt in the back of your mind.”
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Above and above right: Major Crime detective sergeant John Keane outside the Rowe home after the murders.
“I couldn’t sleep at all that night. You just go numb and, then, you want to know why.”
How long that took remains unclear, even to now retired Major Crime detective sergeant John Keane. “My impression was that it would have been only a matter of minutes,” he says. “You can do a lot of damage in two minutes. But you just don’t know how long he was in the house. “There were some pretty feeble attempts to clean up afterwards, so he could have been in the house for half an hour, 40 minutes. It’s just too hard (to tell).” After the sun rose on Kapunda that day, Keane became one of the first investigators to see the horror Downie had left behind. Today he reflects on the gore-filled scene as likely the worst of the 100-odd he saw over his 22 years working homicide cases. “It looked like a slaughterhouse,” he says. “We first viewed it from outside. There was just blood everywhere in that place – in Chantelle’s room, down the hallway, in the kitchen, all of the back room... It was on floors, walls… just everywhere. “When you first walked in there you thought: ‘Oh, my God! These poor people.’ We could see where they were lying. You could see Chantelle lying on the bed. “They (Chantelle and her parents) were all covered in blood, and you could see their numerous slashes and stab wounds, slice marks and puncture marks.” In an interview with Major Crime detectives who later arrested him at Kapunda police station, Downie spewed out lie after lie. And that was his only post-arrest interview with police, so no truthful account of his murderous rampage ever came from his own lips. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Still, the scenario was already essentially clear from the expert assessment of crime-scene examiners. As Keane explains it, knife-wielding Downie likely launched an initial attack on Chantelle, causing a commotion loud enough to wake Andrew and Rose and prompt them to investigate. When they appeared, Downie turned his rage toward them, knifing the couple around 80 times. So penetrating were the stabs and slashes that one near severed Andrew’s wrist, and pieces of the two knives he used wound up embedded in each parent’s body. The crime scene would later indicate that Downie had even stabbed Rose in the back as she tried to crawl away on her hands and knees. Keane suspects that, with the parents wounded and immobilized, Downie returned to Chantelle’s room. There, it seems, the frightened, bleeding girl had dived under her bed. “Evidence showed that Downie dragged her out from under the bed and attacked her again,” Keane explains. “There were drag marks in her blood.” And Downie would show that his depravity was boundless: he vaginally raped the possibly unconscious or even dead Chantelle. “God, poor kid,” Keane says. “Poor kid. What would have been going through her mind? That’s what I often think about.” Downie, after making his “feeble attempts” to clean up, fled the family home he had turned into that “slaughterhouse”. “So,” Keane says, “when he left the house, there’s every chance all three (of his victims) were still alive but bleeding slowly to death.” And Keane believes the whole needless massacre had likely begun with Chantelle simply rejecting sexual advances from Downie, who “snapped” in response.
Above: Two-year-old Andrew in England just before leaving for Australia; top: nine-month-old Andrew (in pram) with his sisters (from left) Marion, Sue and Sally and niece Tracy at the family home in England; left: Andrew (left) with siblings at a Father Christmas workshop in 1970; below: 14-yearold Andrew (back row) with relatives during a family holiday in England.
As the overwhelmed Sue
Mahoney suffered through her initial breakdown, she began to fear for her nephew, Christopher. She did not then know where he was or whether he knew a murderer had that day killed all three members of his immediate family. Chas was able to tell her that Christopher was on holiday in Queensland with Coralie. So, sisters Mahoney and Mitchell would not get to see him until late the next evening at Wakefield St police complex, after he had returned to Adelaide and spoken with detectives. And, before then, the sisters would have to get through the night with the fresh knowledge of the murders of their brother, sister-in-law and niece. “It was just so hard,” Mahoney says, “because all you’re thinking is: ‘It’s not murder-suicide, so who’s done this?’
“I couldn’t sleep at all that night. I don’t think any of us had any sleep. We were all hugging each other: my daughter and me, and Christine with her family. You just go numb and, then, you want to know why.” The Mahoney family and Rose’s three brothers waited for several hours to see Christopher at Adelaide police station. Through the wait, they talked, cried and embraced one another. Major Crime victim contact officer Cris Poppy was on the scene with them. “It was all just so harrowing for them,” she says. “The detectives had to ask Chris and Coralie a whole series of questions and it just took a long time. “They (the families) were trying so hard to get their heads around what had happened, as was everybody else. They just looked like lost souls. I just felt for them.” Finally, on that Tuesday night, Christopher appeared with the detectives. To his grieving aunts, he seemed as emotionally numb as they were. “I said: ‘I love you, Chris,’ ” Mahoney remembers. “We just hugged him and said: ‘We’ll always be here for you.’ He was standing there but it was like he couldn’t hear you. He couldn’t comprehend anything.” Still in a partial state of disbelief herself, Mahoney visited her brother’s home the next day to lay flowers outside. This, for her, was a means of accepting reality, that she and her sister had indeed lost Andrew, Rose and Chantelle to a murderer. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
And their deaths had come 43 years after Mahoney, Andrew and four of their six other siblings immigrated to Australia with their parents as Ten Pound Poms. Mitchell, who was then married with children, followed five years later. The Rowe children’s now late father, Harold “Bas” Rowe, wanted a better life for his family. Mahoney was 12 and Andrew just two when he brought them out to Australia by sea. “It was the best move we ever made,” Mahoney says. “My mum (Alice “Peggy” Rowe) had chronic lung disease and needed a better climate because it was always cold and damp in England. All of us loved Australia straight away.” In Australia, Harold initially found work in a factory but later became a mail-sorter with Australia Post. The now late Alice was frequently sick in hospital but worked as a cleaner when her health allowed, and gave birth to her last child, Louise, in 1969. Harold bought his family a home in Gepps Cross and his daughters went to Gepps Cross Girls High School. The boys, Phillip, Leslie and Andrew, attended Enfield High. “When Mum was sick, I would have to stay home from school and help out,” Mahoney says of her premature mothering role. “And mum was put in hospital for another three months not long after Louise was born. “So, as well as Andrew, I raised my little sister for a while. Then, when Christine came out to Australia, it was a Godsend because that took pressure off me.” Mitchell adds: “Basically, we both brought up the kids (Andrew and Louise) from when they were babies.”
“It was the last big bear hug I ever had from my brother. I’m so glad that I had that moment: it was only about five or six weeks until they got murdered.”
With his sisters to nurture him,
Andrew grew into a fun-loving Aussie-larrikin type with many friends, first as a schoolboy and later as an adult. A joker, a talker and a great socializer, he got others laughing, even his parents to whom he became a kind of favourite child. And he remained particularly close to Mahoney, who can recount many incidents which showed the depth of their bond. She and her husband, unable to afford a honeymoon, spent the day after their wedding having a barbecue in Belair. “So who tags along?” Mahoney asks. “It was Andrew. “And, when we moved to Port Lincoln in the 1990s, Andrew moved to Port Lincoln. Anywhere we went, Andrew always seemed to be there and was always the life of the party. That was his character.” Golf, fishing, cards, motorbikes and the Adelaide footy club became great passions for Andrew, as did socializing with mates over a barbecue. And, as a young man, he had ambitions, dreams of one day moving on from factory work and other jobs to running his own business. But whatever he was to accomplish it would be with the great love of his life, Rose, by his side. He had met the young woman of Italian descent through one of her brothers in the 1980s. Back then, her father, Rocco, still took a very strict line with his only daughter. Says Mahoney: “Andrew used to sneak Rosie out and, one day, he brought her home on his motorbike and introduced her to Mum and Dad and us. “Mum and Dad were quite shocked by her very colourful language, but she was bubbly and everyone was her mate. ‘How are you, mate?’ she would always say.
“And then Rocco came to love Andrew and they got on so well together. They had a lot of things in common.” Andrew and Rose would later marry, soon after the birth in 1987 of their first child, Christopher. And, in 1994, the couple became parents to Chantelle. Her aunt Sue (Mahoney) watched her enter the world. Mahoney saw how delighted the now extremely protective parents were to have created a pigeon pair. And, over time, she saw Chantelle develop into a “beautiful young lady” with a bubbly, engaging personality, just like those of her mum and dad. “She had lots of friends, teachers loved her, and she was very caring,” Mahoney explains. “If someone had fallen down she would care for them; and she didn’t like other children being picked on. “And when my mum and dad were very sick she always brought them little gifts.” Precious to Mahoney now are her memories of Chantelle. The loving aunt thinks of the times she and her own children babysat their niece and cousin, watched her play netball, and took her out fishing. But the image she is most certain never to forget is the one she has of the last time she ever saw Chantelle, Andrew and Rose. That was at the South Gawler Football/Netball Club, where she had gone to watch Chantelle play netball. A happy Chantelle joked with her aunt about how she had inherited her derriere from Rose, and Mahoney and Andrew greeted each other with a warm embrace. “It was the last big bear hug I ever had from my brother,” Mahoney laments. “I’m so glad that I had that moment: it was only about five or six weeks until they got murdered.” AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Mitchell, too, remembers her last moment with Andrew but regrets that it was more than a year before his murder and at another time of grief. The setting was their father’s funeral in early 2009. Busy with their respective lives after that, the brother and sister had unintentionally lost contact but remained close. “I feel guilty now,” Mitchell says, “because I didn’t try to (re-establish contact). But you can’t foresee things.”
Clockwise from top right: Andrew and Rose on their wedding day in 1988; celebrating Christopher Rowe’s sixth birthday during a family fishing trip were (back row, from left) Mahoney’s daughter Kylie, Andrew, Harold Rowe, Mahoney and (front row, from left) Alice, Mahoney’s son Shaun with Christopher on his lap, and Rose; Chris with then two-year-old sister Chantelle; celebrating Chantelle’s birthday in 2002 were Chantelle (far left) and Mahoney and husband Chas with granddaughter Mikhaela and grandson Tyson; Andrew and Mahoney at a family barbecue in Freeling in 2002; Rose and Sue and Chas Mahoney with baby Chantelle on the day of her birth at Lyell McEwin Hospital.
As the time
drew near for Downie to face courtroom justice, the then Major Crime boss, Detective Supt Grant Moyle, invited the families of Andrew and Rose to his office. Mahoney and Mitchell were among them. Moyle set out to prepare these secondary victims for the horrific details they did not yet know but would hear in court. Says Mahoney: “We sat around a table, the whole family. He said it was going to be very graphic, and he did explain things to us.” As the family members listened to Moyle, Cris Poppy saw “tears rolling down their faces”. In the end, Downie pleaded guilty. And, on the day Justice John Sulan sentenced him to life in prison AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
with a 35-year non-parole period, the sisters were there, in the Supreme Court. They listened to Sulan speak of the multitude of stab wounds to all three of their loved ones, and the sickening rape of their dying or dead niece. Mahoney and Mitchell, themselves victims of the murders, now live with ghastly mental images of Downie butchering their brother and Rose and Chantelle to death. “I can see Rosie on her hands and knees, crawling to get out,” Mahoney says. “I can picture Andrew with his wrist nearly severed.” Neither sister goes through a day without visualizing her relatives’ vicious, bloody end. In bed at night is when each one’s mind becomes the most flooded with thoughts and images.
From left: Rose, Andrew and Christopher with newborn Chantelle; Mahoney on her 40th birthday with 11-month-old Chantelle; brother and sister, Christopher and Chantelle Rowe.
Says Mitchell: “I think I’m still in denial because I hadn’t seen them for such a long time. I can’t imagine not bumping into them in the future. It’s hard for me to accept. I have to make myself believe they’ve gone. That’s how I deal with it.” Among the thoughts that relentlessly strike Mahoney, the moment she climbs into bed, is the pain of the 100-plus stab wounds her loved ones suffered. “You lay your head on the pillow and you cry,” she says. “You don’t want your husband hearing you cry. We can’t do that to our husbands, either of us. Some nights are worse than others, but you can’t sleep at night.” Not even with the advice of several counsellors has Mahoney been able to bring peaceful thoughts and sleep to her nights. “How can you ever be the same?” she asks. “People say that you move on or that, one day, you’ll get over it. But I want people to understand: don’t come up to victims and say: ‘It’ll be all right tomorrow. You’ll forget all about this.��� “It’s never going to leave you, no matter how many pills you take or how many counsellors you see. It will always be there. You try to cope every day, for work and for your family, but how can anyone get over it?”
The questions Downie has left
unanswered – and chooses to leave that way – continue to “torture” both sisters. Each longs to know if he went to the Rowes’ home actually intending to murder and rape. “Did he really go into Chantelle’s room first and start stabbing her?” Mitchell, 66, asks. “Was Channy listening there under her bed, hearing him murder her parents? “If it was Chantelle he was after, why didn’t he just ring her and ask her to meet him somewhere? Why go to the house, knowing Andrew and Rosie were there, and climb through the window? “Why doesn’t he just tell what happened?” If it were available, Mahoney would take the opportunity to confront Downie and bark these questions at him. “I don’t know if that would help me adjust but I just need to know why,” she says. “Why the whole three of them. Why one of them.” For killing Andrew, Rose and Chantelle, Mahoney and Mitchell have nothing but hatred for Downie. Their first sight of him, in court, sickened them as did his obvious lack of remorse. “I don’t even call him a human,” Mahoney says. “What human does that (murder three people)? I know I’m not going to be around when he gets released. I hope he dies before I die. I hope something happens to him. Then I’ll have closure.” The reduced sentence Downie received for pleading guilty appalled Mitchell, as did his letter of apology. In it, he wrote of all that he had lost as a result of his actions. One item he included was his car. “To put that in the same (letter that relates to) AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
murdering three people!” Mitchell exclaims. “I mean, my God! That was about himself.” One of the most meaningful forms of support for the sisters comes from the Homicide Victims’ Support Group. Each draws comfort from her fellow victims at the group’s monthly meetings and annual candlelight vigils. Mahoney made a brave, emotional address at the last vigil, in December 2012, with Mitchell by her side. “It’s such a good group to go to,” Mitchell insists, “because you’re trying to help other people as well (as yourself).” And both sisters describe as “absolutely brilliant” the way police went about the investigation and supported the secondary victims. Mahoney speaks of the insight she now has into the role of homicide detectives and wonders how they cope with murder after murder. “I don’t think it’s a job I could do,” she says. “I’ve got a lot of respect for detectives Grant Moyle, John Keane, Anthony Van der Stelt, (victim contact officer) Cris Poppy… all of them. They were so respectful to us.” But one sad part of all the flow-on damage from the murders is the trust Mahoney has lost in other people. “You lose faith, too,” she says. “I’ve lost a lot of that. Your whole life does change. Our lives are never going to be the same.” PJ
Christine Mitchell and Sue Mahoney pre-read and approved the publication of this story.
Brought back to If he was to live, Paul Zuromski had to undergo an operation for his rare form of cancer. He knew the risks but never expected to die.
By Brett Williams
First Class Paul Zuromski lay dead on an operating table in St Andrewâ€™s Hospital! He had started to bleed out just minutes earlier, after surgeons had successfully removed a large, malignant tumour from his abdomen. In the process, one of his veins had opened up, and the blood had gushed out of it at the rate of one litre every 10 seconds. That left his heart with so little to pump that Zuromski went into cardiac arrest. But his surgeons had not called life extinct and simply walked away. They were now working frantically to revive him with blood transfusions and CPR, and to find the offending vein. The dramatic scene came as such a stark contrast to the image of Zuromski in his regular, day-to-day life. An active husband and father-of-two, he worked full-time in policing, ran a dive business, served with the Army Reserve, and had enjoyed perfect health. In fact, in the recent months, he had undertaken training for the Water Operations pre-entry course,
life and was preparing to deploy to the Solomon Islands as a reservist. And, with his time off from working with East Adelaide patrols, he had been teaching scuba-diving. Zuromski never knew, however, that he had been living this extremely active life with an abdominal tumour, which had grown to the size of a football. No sign of it had ever emerged until 2011, when he suffered “excruciating” testicular pain, night sweats, weight loss, and muscle deterioration. When he came to take part in the Water Ops course, he failed owing to a swim he was unable to complete within the allotted time. “And, when they told me that, I was absolutely devastated,” he remembers. “There were tears and I was an emotional wreck. I thought: ‘This can’t be right. It’s not possible.’ I was dumbfounded. I had no idea why (I’d failed). “Then I thought: ‘What’s going on?’ There was a bit of current in the water and I just put it down to that.” But another sign of the impact of the tumour came two months later on an army exercise. Medics allowed
Zuromski to remove his 60kg pack because it had started to overwhelm him with intense pain. “I was really struggling and couldn’t work out why,” he says. “It just felt like my back was going to ‘fold’.” One Friday morning three months later, after finishing a week of September night shifts, Zuromski felt too exhausted to work in his dive shop, as was his routine. He instead went home, where his visiting parents later found him slumped on his couch looking “like death”. Later that day, he and his accountant wife, Bec, left for her parents’ Kadina home, where they planned to rest over the weekend. Bec had suspected that her husband of five years was suffering exhaustion because he had simply been “doing too much”. “He was working (as a police officer) and doing the dive business as well,” she says. “I just kept telling him: ‘You’ve got to slow down.’ ” But, as soon as the next morning, overwork would prove not to be the cause of the exhaustion. As the Zuromskis lay awake in bed at the start of their weekend of rest, they discovered the tumour. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
“I remember just putting my hand on my abdomen and I just felt this lump,” Zuromski explains. “It just literally felt like a really hard rockmelon, and it felt the size of a rockmelon, too. Bec felt it as well and we couldn’t believe it. “Deep inside, I had a feeling that it would be a tumour. I remember just looking down, and the left side of my abdomen was sitting flat. But the right side was really up in a massive bulge, like a huge mound. How I hadn’t noticed that before I’ve got no idea.” Without knowing for certain what the thenpainless mound was, Zuromski went diving rather than to hospital. The next Tuesday, however, he had – and kept – an appointment with an army doctor, with whom he was to have a pre-deployment medical. An intensely nervous Zuromski knew the doctor would spot his abdominal bulge and that, as a consequence, the army would rule him out of the deployment. Soon after the medical began, Zuromski wound up with a multitude of military doctors poking and prodding his abdomen and offering opinions.
“I was all excited but he just looked at me, burst into tears, and said: ‘I died yesterday!’” The post-op scar on Zuromski’s abdomen.
Their ultimate decision was to send him to the Wakefield Emergency Department. “I was devastated,” he says, “because the very next day I had a massive dive operation happening. I remember lying in hospital and thinking: ‘How can I do this?’ I still had to organize everything.” But quickly on the scene to help Zuromski out was a detective mate who took over the operation, which involved 20 dive students. That left the ailing Zuromski to undergo blood tests and scans that night and the next day, when surgeons gave him their devastating diagnosis. He did indeed have a tumour. And, to establish whether it was malignant, doctors would have to subject him to more scans and a biopsy over the next two days. “That (biopsy) was excruciating,” Zuromski says. “They stuck a needle into the tumour to get (a sample of it). “Unfortunately, the tumour was so hard that they couldn’t use that needle and had to get another really big one. They put it in several times and it just felt like I was being stabbed. I can’t explain the pain.” Early the next week, surgical oncologist Susan Neuhaus broke the news to Zuromski and Bec that the football-size tumour was indeed malignant – and had enveloped his right kidney. “She never used the word cancer,” Bec says. “She said it was a lyposarcoma. It wasn’t until she said that it could spread to his lungs or other parts of his body that you realize it’s a lot more serious.” Neuhaus explained that, to survive, Zuromski would have to undergo major surgery, which would come with risks. Bleeding was one of them. Extraordinarily, Zuromski had had to take an ID statement in connection with a death during surgery
only days earlier. After he mentioned it during the consultation with Neuhaus, Bec broke down. “Until that point, I hadn’t thought about him not surviving,” she says, “or that there was a chance he might not survive the operation.” And, with the knowledge of that chance, the Zuromskis feared for their children. It was the thought of Alyssa and Blake, then aged three and 11 months, losing their dad or seeing him survive but then suffer a relapse. At times, the two young parents talked privately about the possibility of Zuromski losing his life and, at other times, Zuromski reflected alone. “I remember just sitting on the couch and I would just break down,” he says. “It wasn’t all the time but there were a few times. “But I never thought: ‘Why me?’ A lot of people get cancer and think: ‘Why me?’ You see them deteriorate, and I didn’t want to be one of them. I wanted to be a strong father figure. I wanted to prove that I wasn’t going to be one to be written off.”
Zuromski would need that
strength of character when, in October 2011, the day came for him to front up for surgery. As Bec was about to drive him to the hospital, he saw his distraught mother, Bronwyn. She and her husband, Val, and Bec’s parents, were ever on the scene to support their children. “I remember looking at her (my mum),” he says, “and she was an emotional wreck. I just said: ‘See you later,’ and out we went to hospital.” Soon after that stressful departure, Zuromski lay clinically dead on the operating table! The dilemma for surgeons was finding the source of the blood loss which had sent their patient into cardiac arrest. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
He would lose around five litres of blood – the entire quantity, on average, in a man’s body – and go for more than two minutes without drawing a single breath. But the surgeons, determined to bring Zuromski back to life, kept pumping blood into him, performing CPR, and searching for the treacherously leaking vein. Finally, after twisting his liver out of position, as part of the search, they discovered the vein underneath it. “They were able to seal it and continue with the CPR and transfusions and get me back again,” Zuromski says. “It was almost two-and-a-half minutes (since I’d died).” The surgeons went on to finish the operation, during which they had taken not only the tumour but also the kidney it had enveloped. Bec, who had taken advice from Neuhaus to go out and distract her mind with something, was at Harbour Town with her mother when her phone rang. It was Neuhaus, who outlined what had happened during surgery. “She said he lost some blood and his heart stopped for two minutes,” Bec recalls. “She didn’t make it sound really dramatic but, when she said his heart stopped for two minutes, I think I felt my own heart stop. “Mum’s sitting across the table (in a coffee shop) and she saw my face change. I just got off the phone and burst into tears and we just left the café and went home.” An hour later, Bec and Bronwyn were at the hospital to see their husband and son in the intensive care unit. He woke and recognized them and soon found out what had happened to him during the operation. “I don’t know who it was who actually told me: ‘You’ve lost a tumour, a kidney and you actually died
Paul and Bec Zuromski with children Alyssa and Blake.
in surgery,’ ” he says. “I don’t know that I took it all in at the time, but I thought: ‘Shit! You’re joking!’ ” On a visit Bec made the next day, she found her husband sitting up and, in the circumstances, looking chipper. “I was all excited,” she says, “but he just looked at me, burst into tears, and said: ‘I died yesterday!’ “I just spent the whole day with Paul in ICU. That was probably the worst day: he had nearly died and still had the cancer to beat, because it can come back. We were crying and talking pretty much all day.” After 10 days in hospital, Zuromski went home to continue his recovery. His post-op pain was extreme and he could barely move. And, as part of his convalescence, he had to undertake six weeks’ radiotherapy. “I had a high dose pretty much every day except for Sundays and the occasional Saturday,” he remembers. “It just sapped all my energy. “Over that time, I couldn’t pick up the kids and it was pretty hard. They all wanted attention but I couldn’t give it to them. I was just lying on my back. I couldn’t lift them. They couldn’t sit on me.”
Ultimately, Zuromski would be off work for six months and undergo a second op to remove a surgical spacer from his abdomen. But, even before that, he had felt the urge to get back to police work. He returned to the job full-time on light duties in April 2012 and worked as a recruit and probationary constable co-ordinator and brief quality control officer. Then, last November, he made his return to the front line. “As soon as I got back I went and threw my gun belt on, jumped in the patrol car and did some jobs,” he says. “I had to. I needed to get back on the road. For me, that was great medicine. It was doing my head in being office-bound.”
Today, Zuromski understands
that he is clear of cancer but not in remission. He still fronts up for scans every three months but will only have to have them twice yearly from November – albeit for three years. “There’s a high risk of it (the cancer) returning,” he says, “especially in the first two years. It’s quite worrying.” AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
As Bec reflects on the last two years, she is quick to identify the toughest aspect of the couple’s ordeal. “Dealing with it emotionally,” she says, “because it changes you and who you are and how you think about life. It still affects Paul emotionally – a lot. “He’s still a different person from what he was before. He’s got a lot of stress with the fact that he’s had cancer and that it could come back at any time.” While they might fear a relapse, the Zuromskis have at the same time committed themselves to fundraising and cancer awareness. Bec raised $1,500 in just a few days to compete in the Go the Distance half-marathon last October. And, in November this year, she and Zuromski will take part in the two-day Ride to Conquer Cancer, which raises money for the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation. Zuromski, who cycles to work and intends to return to swimming, hopes to get support for the ride from his fellow police officers. He wants them to join his team or simply take part as solo riders. “I think that would be fantastic,” he says. “It’s a great cause.” PJ
Grant Moyle has not forgotten how strongly
Integrity the bottom line By Brett Williams
some observers publicly condemned his appointment as director of operations for the new independent commission against corruption. Independent federal MP Nick Xenophon was perhaps the most vehement critic. He described as “farcical” the process that led to the selection of the respected 37-year veteran cop. What seemed to irk Xenophon and other critics was the potential for police (Moyle) to investigate alleged corruption by other police. But Moyle, right after the announcement of his appointment, explained that he would disqualify himself from investigating cases which might present real or perceived conflicts of interest. In any case, neither the Xenophon attack nor any other ruffled Moyle in the slightest. The detective superintendent and former Major Crime boss was too seasoned a cop for that. But he was seriously unimpressed with the way some critics took aim at his appointment. “It was really an attack on my integrity,” he says, “and I defy anyone to suggest that I cannot competently investigate something, or run a team of investigators. I think my score’s on the board there. “I did my job in Internal Investigations Section for two-and-a-half years and never had any issues. To say that just because I’m a police officer from South Australia I can’t do my job objectively in South Australia is, I think, a narrow-minded argument. “How many government employees are there in South Australia? Many thousands. That criticism (about my appointment) suggests that all the investigations are going to concentrate on police. “If, at any stage, I thought I couldn’t objectively investigate something (as ICAC director of operations) I’d declare it and we’d manage it.”
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What the critics cannot refute is the vast investigative experience Moyle, 54, will take into his ICAC role, which he starts on September 1. He joined the CIB 28 years ago and has, since 2010, overseen many high-profile murder investigations. Among them were the brutal Kapunda and Hectorville triple murders, and the savage killing of pensioner Anne Redman. Moyle, who had always wanted to be a police officer, joined SAPOL as a 17-year-old back in 1976. He undertook his cadet training and graduated in December 1978. Into the job he took old-fashioned values his parents had instilled in him and his three brothers. All four boys had had to help out in not only the family’s fruit-and-veg shop in the main street of Victor Harbor but also the Schweppes distributorship his father took on later. And through their father’s involvement with pacers, the Moyle boys had to clean, feed and train horses every day, both before and after school. From all the input the young Moyle contributed, he came to develop a particularly strong work ethic. “You had to get the job done, and do it properly,” he says, “and (you learned that) nothing was for free.” Moyle concedes that, as a Victor Harbor High School boy, he was no great scholar. And, had a seer told him he would one day head the Major Crime squad and take a top post with ICAC, he would have said: “You’re dreaming.” Even his school careers counsellor suggested he look to a field other than policing. To that advisor now he would love to say: “Well, if that was the best you could do for advice, you were way off track.” But, starting out as a uniformed front-liner on the beat and, later, in the suburbs and country, Moyle never aspired to the lofty heights of police management. “I thought if I could retire at the rank of sergeant, or even senior sergeant, I would have been doing really well,” he remembers. “I’ve managed to exceed my expectations, but that’s the opportunity the job gives you, and you mature as you go through.” With a long-held passion for detective work, Moyle joined the CIB in 1985 and went to work at Port Adelaide before a stint with the Drug Squad. After that came service with Darlington, Kadina and Port Augusta CIBs. In 2002, after serving two years in a non-CIB senior-sergeant position at Port Pirie, Moyle won his commission and returned to Adelaide. As a new inspector, he first worked as state duty officer before moving to the Investigation Support Branch. Along with later moves – to Sturt local service area, Industrial Relations Branch and Internal Investigations Section – came more promotions, to chief inspector
and superintendent. Then, in 2010, Moyle scored his transfer to Major Crime. He understood that intense media and public scrutiny had always been part and parcel of the job of bringing murderers to account. And, undeterred, he came to regard his oversight of that job as the most satisfying of his career. “The work was hard and there was a lot of pressure there at different times,” he says, “but I worked with a great bunch of people. We got some good results. “I don’t crave the media spotlight but it came with the job, and I tend to tell it like it is. You get well known and can certainly become the face of success. “People might get the impression that you’re actually solving these crimes, but you’re not: it’s your very competent staff who are doing that. But, by the same token, if something goes wrong, you’re also seen as the face of failure. There’s a lot of pressure in that regard.” An even tougher aspect of the job for Moyle was his interaction with distraught murder victims’ families. Despite his tough, somewhat deadpan exterior, he grasped the excruciating emotional impact the loss of their murdered loved ones had on them. “They want to know everything,” he says, “so you’ve got to try to find a way to tell them the bad things. I found that the hardest thing to do. Those two cases (Kapunda and Hectorville) were ones you just don’t forget.” Other serious crimes he confronted much earlier in his career have stayed with Moyle, too. He remembers the brutal, repeated rape of a woman in her twenties late at night in Roxby Downs in the late 1990s. She had been walking home to her caravan when her attacker, also in his twenties, dragged her into scrub. “It was particularly heinous,” Moyle says, “and how it didn’t result in murder was just luck on the girl’s part.” With some doorknocking, Moyle and a colleague came face-to-face with the offender in another caravan. In there, they found evidence – such as women’s underwear and other clothing – and charged him with rape. He wound up with a 14-year prison sentence. At other times in his career, Moyle has survived the same close calls that confront operational cops every day. On one occasion he ended up with the tip of a kitchen knife thrust into his forearm by a young girl. She had “gone berserk” with the weapon in Port Adelaide and lunged at the then patrol officer as he chased after her. And during a Port Augusta siege, a highly agitated man armed with a meat cleaver and other knives charged across his front yard directly at Moyle. The offender jumped up onto his front fence and looked set to attack. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
“I had a shotgun at the time and he just fixated on me,” Moyle explains. “I’d decided that, if he was coming over the fence, that was as far as it was going to go.” But, in the end, Moyle simply bellowed at him to stand down and he retreated. Now, of course, it will not be street crime but rather alleged public corruption that occupies Moyle. Before he accepted the ICAC job, he discussed it with his wife, Rosemary, an RFDS nurse who had supported him throughout his career. He also met and talked to his then future boss, Federal Court justice Bruce Lander, whom the government had appointed as South Australia’s first anti-corruption commissioner in February. “As a result of that, I was interested in taking the job,” Moyle says. “I thought: ‘What a great opportunity.’ “I firmly believe that, in any of these sorts of organizations, the job has to be done right. It’s a very important job. The uniqueness and importance of it is not lost on me. “If you investigate something and find that someone’s done nothing wrong, you’ve done a good job, equally as much as you have if you investigate and can prove offences. “Professional, thorough investigations: that’s the bottom line.” As the director of operations, Moyle will lead a team of ICAC investigators, who might yet come from around the nation in response to Australia-wide advertisements for their positions. SAPOL members, too, can apply for investigator jobs. T he allegations they end up confronting might involve the improper release of information or the misallocation of government contracts. “It’s really a case of building the investigation side of it and making sure that’s done properly,” Moyle explains. “All operational issues, such as how investigations will be run and the resourcing required for that, come under my domain. Issues surrounding hearings and how they link into investigations are also part of our strategy-building. “Ultimately, it’s the integrity of the investigation that counts.” PJ
From left: Fynn with Crows Taylor Walker, Rory Sloane and Patrick Dangerfield.
Fynn’s story touches Crow A S S O CI A
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THE FIGHT FOR FYNN
Left: Fynn gets some on-field time with Sloane; above: the April cover of the Police Journal; below: Sloane autographs Fynn's guernsey.
the Police Journal cover story of young Fynn Mayger had a strong impact on Adelaide Crows midfielder Rory Sloane. The heart-rending article (The fight for Fynn) prompted the prodigious ball-getter to invite four-year-old Fynn to a closed training session and a tour of the club last month. Parents Mel and Brian, a Sturt-based police officer, accepted the invitation on behalf of their excited little Crows fan and headed off to Football Park with him. There, Fynn got to meet not only Sloane, his favourite Crow, but also recovering forward Taylor Walker and star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield. “He got to meet the rest of the players, too,” Brian says, “and Rory spent about half an hour with him after training, kicking the football and getting photos.” In its April 2013 issue, the Police Journal told of the battle Mel and Brian had fought to free Fynn of a heavy, purple birthmark. Known as a port-wine stain, it covered all the right side of his face and had the potential to cause brain dysfunction through Sturge-Weber syndrome. Ultimately, Fynn underwent laser surgery to break up his birthmark and, after he turned two, doctors found him to be free of any signs of the syndrome. “They (doctors) certainly told us about the pain associated with (the treatment),” Brian told the Police Journal in April. “They described it as like thousands of rubber bands flicking at his skin and, then, there’s the burning sensation for the following week.” Still, the Maygers persevered with the treatment which has left Fynn’s birthmark virtually undetectable. Last May, the creative Fynn painted a picture of Sloane and asked his dad to send it off to him at the Adelaide footy club. Brian arranged to get the painting to a club assistant whom he did not know had a copy of the April 2013 Police Journal. She gave not only the painting but also the journal to Sloane who, through the story, was able to grasp the full impact of Fynn’s battle. Says Brian: “This was a good-news story as a result of the article about Fynn.” Sloane has invited his young fan to a game at Footy Park and, if it is one the Crows win, Fynn will get to sing the club song with the players. PJ
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New book in honour of the fallen I write to inform you that my new book, In the Line of Duty, summarizes the untimely deaths of the 750 Australian police officers who have died in the line of duty since 1803. These deaths are acknowledged on the National Police Memorial, which was built with support and funding from the nation’s police unions and dedicated in September 2006. The book will be available for purchase at a range of venues. Among them is the National Police Memorial in Canberra on Saturday, September 14, 2013, after the Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance. The book will also be available at the SA police academy at Taperoo on Friday, September 27, 2013, after the annual Police Remembrance Day service. On these days, In the Line of Duty, a 304-page hard cover (15cm x 23cm) book, will be sold at the discounted price of $30, with part profits being offered to police charities. The book will also be available in shops across Australia in both hard and soft covers from mid-October. Allan Peters Historian SA Police Historical Society
A dinner thoroughly enjoyed Thanks to Police Association president Mark Carroll and his staff for their efforts with the retiring members’ dinner at the end of June. We, and our two guests, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and recently received photos and disc in the mail. Many thanks. Regards Jessie Hughes Allan Ziegler
A most memorable night Retirement dinner a wonderful experience I attended the Police Association retiring members dinner at the Hilton Hotel on Friday June 28, 2013, as my husband, Brian, had retired after 43 years with SAPOL. I just want to let you know that the whole evening was a wonderful experience for me and was enjoyed by us both, as well as our guests and other retiring members at our table and all I spoke to. It was wonderful as all the faces and memories came flashing back from the late 1960s and ’70s and onwards. The venue, meal, DVD powerpoint presentation, all speakers and the actual presentations to members were all excellent. Well done to the association and thanks for a great evening. Norma Stringer
An impressive event I write with a sincere expression of appreciation for being invited to attend the Police Association annual dinner to honour retiring members held on Friday, June 28. It was an impressive event and, from the comments I have heard from other guests, it was clearly a heartfelt mark of respect to a wonderful group of men and women who have meritoriously served the South Australian community. I also congratulate Mark Carroll on his speech, which featured the recognition of police service and the comments from esteemed community members acknowledging the value of such service to the community. Thank you again. Yours sincerely Ian Dunn Chief Executive Officer GP Partners Adelaide AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Thank you for the pleasure and privilege of attending the retiring members’ dinner on the evening of Friday, June 28. Margaret and I had a most enjoyable time in fine company. The meal and service were excellent. The organization of the whole event attests to the high level of capability of the Police Association staff and their dedication in ensuring a most memorable night for retirees, their families, friends and guests. I compliment Mark Carroll on his speech, Tom Scheffler’s confidence as master of ceremonies, and the wonderful feeling of camaraderie that pervaded the atmosphere while a lot of good and respected people reminisced and had fun. Finally, it was most pleasing to listen to Gary Burns, both as commissioner and as a member of the Police Association, provide us with words of wit and wisdom. Yours sincerely MA “Hank” Ramm
Should law graduates replace police prosecutors? From top: Karen Newman, Andrew Heffernan, Rosalie De Lurant
Snr Const Karen Newman
Sgt Andrew Heffernan
Snr Const 1C Rosalie De Lurant
Mannum Police Station
Licensing Criminal Justice
Holden Hill Criminal Justice Section
There are some wonderful dedicated prosecutors in SAPOL who are committed to ensuring justice, and I would hate to see any steps taken to move their expertise out of prosecution. Law graduates are not familiar with police policies, processes and procedures. They would need a lot of training in these areas so as to be familiarized with and understand SAPOL’s procedures. One wonders whether a law graduate is going to have the experience to challenge a seasoned solicitor, compared to the experience of a seasoned police officer/prosecutor. Prosecution should be a unit of personnel who want to be there for the purpose of justice.
No. Graduates would have limited idea about policing or the court system. They would not have the experience of even a first-year prosecutor or the empathy of a police prosecutor, all of whom have some level of on-road experience. The DPP, as an example, appears to be quick to tender no evidence, withdraw matters. At times they appear to withdraw more than they proceed with. Lawyers would require a completely different infrastructure from that of police prosecutors, many more clerical assistants, for example. Prosecutors are sworn police officers, many of whom have worked operationally. They understand the pressures of shift work and demands on frontline police. I question whether a law graduate would have any understanding of this.
No, I believe that police officers make the best police prosecutors. They have the experience of police patrol work, dealing with all sorts of people in real-life situations on the street. Law graduates do not have that police experience or knowledge. They are often young, inexperienced in life generally and unaware of the realities of policing. They might see an AP as just a report. I question whether they would have the depth of understanding about what it’s like to be a cop, having to deal with defendants, witnesses and victims. Our legal system is adversarial and a police prosecutor instinctively understands which side he or she is on.
Safety award nominations
Highlighting a workplace hazard comes with a potential reward – The Police Association Safety Award.
to workplace safety by submitting a SIMS hazard report in the interests of their workmates.
The creation of this now coveted trophy follows the establishment of the association’s Step Up to a Safer Workplace campaign last year.
If you or someone you know has taken the initiative on safety, take the time to fill out a nomination form to put him or her up for the award.
Members eligible to receive the prize are those who have made a difference
Nominations open August 5 and close at 5pm on Friday, September 13, 2013.
Go to www.pasa.asn.au and click on the Step Up homepage link for further information or to submit a nomination. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Police prosecutors too effective to replace Nick Damiani
provided SA victims of crime with a proud, cost-effective and capable prosecution service for many years, according to one of the state’s leading prosecutors. Senior Sergeant First Class Fred Wojtasik also believes, however, that prosecutors could benefit from supplementary input by fully qualified, experienced legal personnel. This issue came into focus in June after Police Minister Michael O’Brien told a parliamentary estimates committee of a consideration by the state government to move away from sworn police officers to law graduates as prosecutors. Mr O’Brien said the move might require a change in culture within SAPOL. Snr Sgt Wojtasik, who heads the Eastern Adelaide Criminal Justice Section and boasts 33 years’ prosecution experience, speaks with obvious authority on the issue. And he declares times are changing. “In today’s era of changing legislation, complexities in law and investigations, including the development of DNA technologies and other advances in IT, it means that prosecuting in summary
courts has become more difficult, more demanding and more complex,” he said. “However, that’s not to say that police prosecutors aren’t up to the task. We have many talented prosecutors who are able to do the job, but they need to be supplemented, in my view now, with legally qualified personnel. “Not graduates, but lawyers who have had some years of experience and who would be willing to work with police prosecutors in an advisory capacity to conduct complex trials and assist in the training and development of prosecutors. “In a busy criminal justice system like Adelaide – which has the highest number of prosecutors in the state - we are prosecuting (up to) 17,000 files per year. Across the state, we are doing about 60,000 per year.” Snr Sgt Wojtasik also questioned any suggestion that costs might be reduced by civilianizing some sections of police prosecutions. “Recently, there was a costing done for the DPP to prosecute serious child sex offences in the Youth Court,” he explains. “And that included a senior solicitor and support staff and the costing was $260,000.
“This highlights the extreme difficulty there would be in funding a wholesale takeover by the DPP or other authority of the prosecution function in South Australia. I might add that this has been tried interstate. It didn’t succeed.” W ith his vast prosecution experience, Snr Sgt Wojtasik understands exactly what aspiring police prosecutors need to succeed in their demanding, stress-filled role. He warns that the job is complex and requires the right people to carry it out. “It’s important that people develop the correct mindset when conducting themselves as prosecutors,” he said. “They need to understand that, just as a lawyer has professional responsibilities and obligations to a client, and to the criminal justice system generally, so do prosecutors have an obligation to conduct themselves in a professional manner and understand their responsibilities as officers of the court. “We are obliged to act independently when making decisions and, whilst there is always a consultative process with victims and investigators where necessary, it is important that we make decisions that are fair, appropriate and applied according to law.
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“In a busy criminal justice system like Adelaide we are prosecuting (up to) 17,000 files per year. Across the state, we are doing about 60,000 per year.” Prosecutors represent SAPOL; they are under the scrutiny of the public; they are under the scrutiny of the judiciary; they are under the scrutiny of lawyers and barristers. “A prosecutor needs to be mindful of all those things.” One Police Association member with experience in a different jurisdiction is Senior Constable Adrian Stevenson who, as a member of the CID in England, worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service. He says the law graduates scheme was introduced in the UK in 1986. It came after a royal commission criticized the practice of police investigating offences and internally deciding whether to prosecute. As a result, every charging station had an office staffed by legally qualified independent prosecutors. “The CPS was an excellent system and one to be embraced,” Snr Const Stevenson said. “However, it must be acknowledged that it worked well only because a different charging system was applied. “An officer in the UK can arrest an alleged offender and then place them on police bail, without charge, to return to the station at a later date. “During that time the investigating officer will then collate the relevant evidence and present it to the CPS for evaluation.” Snr Const Stevenson explains that, under this system, a charge was only forthcoming once it passed the evidential and public-interest tests. “If it falls short, the suspect is released from bail, without charge,” he said. “This has resulted in a reduction in the rate of discontinuance and an increased number of guilty
Snr Sgt 1C Fred Wojtasik
pleas, reducing the burden on the courts and providing a better service to victims.” And service to victims is the central factor in the debate. Police Association president Mark Carroll insists that, in this regard, police prosecutors bring unique advantages to the job. “When you graduate from the police academy you go into general-duties policing and you deal with victims on a day-to-day basis," he said. "I think after years on the road, when police officers transfer to prosecution, they take the value of that training and experience with them. I think that's something special and unique about policing that shouldn't necessarily be dismissed. "Police prosecutors are highly skilled and advocate for victims of crime in a system that many feel doesn't always consider victims' rights adequately." Mr Carroll also highlighted possible roadblocks involved in replacing police prosecutors with inexperienced law graduates. He warns that, while
civilianization of some police duties is inevitable, service delivery might not always be the priority it should be. "All Australian police forces assess the roles of sworn police and look, on occasion, to civilianize some duties believed to be better performed by civilians," he said. "Generally, we have seen civilianization driven by budgetary measures as opposed to better service delivery outcomes.” Mr Carroll said the association would be involved in any process to civilianize the police prosecution function and would want to see appropriate justification if it were to go ahead. "First of all, look at the root cause of the problem,” he said. “If there's not enough people on the ground floor to do the job, then address that first and foremost. "If, as part of that review, you're unable to provide sworn police to fulfil certain roles, then you look at alternatives.”
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HEALTH Dr Rod Pearce
Fitness regimes important but injuries a curse And it’s not the failure to stretch and warm up that brings about most sports injuries
methods rather than just one favoured piece of for remodelling and replacement. This is the same at the gym equipment. for operations and scar tissue repair, as it is for a end of the last century to do lots of sports. But, People believe that, if they stretch before an broken bone. from 1991 to 1998, sports injuries among babyactivity, it will prevent injury. No studies to date, During the recovery times, the joints or structures boomers increased by 33 per cent. Serious injuries however, show that this alone prevents injuries. are supported by strapping or supports. The aim is to also increased, and the largest number of deaths Stretching and flexibility training can provide let the external structures do the work of the damaged was associated with head injuries while cycling. It is, a wider range of motion in the joints, which can help tissue and therefore avoid further tissue damage. of course, important to be fit, but it is just as important perform daily activities and improve balance and Pain is usually a sign of tissue damage but, to get fit safely. posture. This is important in preventing falls and sometimes, pain indicates strain rather than damage. Netball represents 7 per cent of adult and 4 per other injuries as people age. The difference lies in a complicated part of the body’s cent of child sports-related injuries presenting to The risks of stretching include decreased strength, normal function. There is no safe way of always hospital emergency departments. But it is also the especially in weight-bearing activities. knowing the difference between “safe pain” and most popular team sport in Australia. Warming up seems to have a small, limited place danger (or tissue-damage) pain when exercising. in the comfort and transition to activity. The whole Injury is more common in children, as is The best advice is to seek further information from stretching and warm-up phase of exercise need not participation; and the rates of injury and participation a specialist in the area, either your doctor or other be more than a few minutes. professionals such as physiotherapists. reduce as age increases. Male participants in sport Shift work is hard at any time and it is important make up the majority of those hospitalized with sports Little evidence exists to indicate that cooling to remain fit during these odd hours. The best way injuries (73.9 per cent). down benefits one’s long-term fitness and safety in The most common activities are walking, aerobics, connection with an activity. Most evidence points to reduce risks with long term implications is to swimming, cycling and golf; and the most common to variation and avoiding overuse. structure a fitness programme around exercising parts of the body to be injured are hands and fingers, The evidence, in the case of an injury, still in the mornings. ankles, wrists, knees, and shoulders. supports resting, cooling (usually with ice), strapping The body clock is best when exercising and being Many sports require a skill set which draws on (ankles) and elevation (RICE – rest, ice, compression busy in the mornings (daylight hours) and resting certain muscle groups. This is especially so for and elevation). in the evenings. Getting back from night shift into swimmers, racquet players, golfers and others and The initial cooling of an injury reduces the release a normal routine occurs more quickly – as do better, can lead to overuse and an imbalance of muscles of enzymes and inflammatory substances in the long-term health outcomes – if morning activity which move a particular joint, such as the shoulder damaged tissues. is part of the fitness programme. in swimmers and the wrist in golfers. After sustaining an injury, strapping, supports or There are about 50 deaths a year in Australia Most injuries occur from overuse and repetition, avoiding use helps tissue recovery. As a general rule, related to sports, including swimming, cycling, scuba-diving and snorkelling, surfing, boating so preparation and protection are very important any injured body part takes about 10 to 14 days to recover strength and, then, about four to six weeks parts of physical activity programmes. All physical and snowboarding. activity requires a level of aerobic fitness, which Overuse is the most common cause of The best way to reduce risks with long is achievable in an enormous variety of ways. injuries. Variation in training, and choosing The variety seems to be the key to good well the types of exercises one performs, are term implications is to structure a fitness preparation. When helping to prepare for the best ways to limit damage and remain general fitness, it is better to have various active and healthy. programme around exercising in the mornings.
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Motoring Jim Barnett
fourth-generation Subaru Forester SUV has been released with promises of more powerful engines, increased safety and improved on-road dynamics. And it certainly is a comfortable vehicle which feels robust and offers solid performance, and its road manners are first-class. The 10-model line-up features four improved Boxer engines which, from inside, sound less obvious than they did in previous models. Entry 2.0i ($30,990) and 2.0i-L feature a 110kW, 198Nm 2.0 -litre petrol engine linked to a new six-speed manual transmission.
With improved engines that sound less obvious than those of previous models.
And it certainly is a comfortable vehicle which feels robust and offers solid performance, and its road manners are first-class.
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Three 2.5i models (priced between $32,990 and $43,990) feature a more powerful 126kW, 235Nm naturallyaspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine linked to a new CVT transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters. Subaru’s latest go-quick XT ($43,490) and XT Premium ($50,490) Foresters each come with a revised 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine coupled to a new CVT auto. Power output is 177kW with 350Nm of torque available. Subaru has dropped X T’s large bonnet scoop in favour of ducting on the underside of the bonnet to feed air to its intercooler. The fourth engine is also the most efficient with combined economy of 5.9 litres/100km. Three 2.0-litre (108kW, 350Nm) turbo-diesel six-speed manualonly models are priced from $35,490. Forester has been stretched just a little and thereby provides more interior space. Moving the A-pillar 20 0mm for ward aids visibility and pushes the dashboard forward to create a feeling of additional space. Seating is comfortable. The 60/40 rear seats have a recline function and offer more legroom. Cargo space is generous and there’s a full-sized spare under the floor. All Foresters score a five-star safety rating and feature full-time AWD, seven airbags (including driver’s knee airbag) and a reversing camera. Auto models benefit from X-MODE, a system which assists drivers to negotiate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills. And new on naturally-aspirated Foresters is auto engine switch-off and start when stationary at traffic lights. Among new features on upmarket models are: • Power tailgate. • Push-button entry and start. • Eyesight technology, which includes pre-collision warning/braking, warnings of lane departure and vehicle sway, and adaptive cruise control.
Forward steps Such as more interior space which surpasses that of one of its close rivals
Honda CR-V has taken steps forward in design, space, comfort and driveability. Introduced late last year, it is slightly smaller on the outside but boasts increased interior space. And, for the first time, CR-V comes in both 2WD and 4WD variants. Its new exterior is pleasing from any angle, while its interior trumps that of close rival Forester. Moving the windscreen forward has created a shorter bonnet, additional passenger space and better visibility. The smart-looking dash incorporates a modern gauge layout and central multi-function display. Rear seats are 60/40 configuration and fold flat with the cargo floor in one easy operation. The absence of a rear transmission tunnel adds to passenger comfort. The large tailgate offers a lower load height than that of the previous model. The cargo bay is generous and a full-sized spare features under the floor. While most of its competitors have introduced diesel options and more modern CVT automatic transmissions, CR-V is a petrol-only proposition with manual or conventional automatic transmissions. The 2WD (from $27,490) features a 2.0-litre 114kW, 190Nm petrol engine coupled with a six-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic ($2,500). Four-wheel-drive variants (from $32,790) feature a 2.4-litre 140kW, 222Nm petrol engine coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Honda’s on-demand 4WD system generally drives the front wheels, with torque transmitted to the rear axle when slippage is detected. The system cannot be locked, suggesting that Honda places less importance than others do on off-road ability. The top-spec 4WD VTi-L ($42,290) goes about its business with a minimum of fuss. Its engine is up to any task, the transmission offers smooth shifts, and ride and handling are spot-on. Standard equipment includes: • Heated leather seats. • Touch-screen sat-nav. • DVD player. • Front and rear parking sensors. • Sunroof. • HID lights. CR-V scores highly on comfort, appearance and space but loses ground to the likes of Forester on engine choice, 4WD capability, and technology such as engine stop/start and collision avoidance systems. All CR-V models feature: • Six airbags. • Reversing camera. • Antilock brakes. • Stability control. Honda claims combined fuel economy of between 7.7 and 8.7 litres/100km.
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Happy new (financial) year – and a new outlook on your finances Costa Anastasiou Chief Executive officer Police Credit Union We have solid growth, contained inflation, low levels of debt and low unemployment
We have an unemployment rate which is the envy of the world. Australia’s unemployment rate, currently financial crisis that struck in September 2008 has at 5.5 per cent (May 2013), compares impressively to Spain at 27.2 per cent, Greece at 26.8 per cent, featured in many news articles. The intricacies of what went wrong have been discussed ad nauseam Portugal at 17.7 per cent, Ireland at 13.6 per cent, in every newspaper across the world since. Italy at 12.2 per cent, France at 10.8 per cent, United We all know that the global credit markets froze, States at 7.6 per cent, UK at 7.8 per cent and Canada global economic growth disappeared, unemployment at 7.1 per cent. When it comes to growth, Australia is sitting at rates skyrocketed and people started losing their 3.1 per cent trend growth – the third highest in the homes overnight. But, through it all, Australia OECD. This is no mean feat considering that a lot of remained at the top of the heap on nearly every the world’s economies are very sluggish. count and we remain the standout performer in the Growth in Australia is up from 2.5 per cent and developed world. As a nation, there is much cause for our economic 2.1 per cent respectively in 2010 and 2011. Once pride. In comparison with again, c ompare the rest of the developed this to Switzerland at The decision to save or invest world, we have solid growth, 0.8 per cent, depends solely on your own Germany 0.9 per contained inflation, low levels of debt, low unemployment, cent, Taiwan at 1.3 circumstances, but a keen and a A A A credit rating per cent, Canada at understanding of the financial from all three major credit 1.9 per cent, United rating agencies. market and available opportunities … States at 2.2 per cent, Australia’s debt is the third and New Zealand at can help you make those decisions. 2.2 per cent. lowest in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and As a nation, we Development (OECD) with our gross debt standing have great cause for pride and confidence. However, at 33.7 per cent of GDP (as at June 13, 2013). We are there is always a need to maintain awareness third only to Estonia (15.5 per cent) and Luxembourg and an adequate degree of caution. Leading into (30.4 per cent). an election, this caution is expected to impact This compares to Japan at 228.4 per cent, Greece confidence in spending. at 183.7 per cent, Italy at 143.6 per cent, Portugal Financial prudence and careful planning are at 142.8 per cent, Ireland at 129.3 per cent, Iceland necessary at every step. And this applies not only at 128.6 per cent, France at 113.5 per cent, United at a national level, but also at a level that is closer to States at 109.1 per cent, UK at 109.1 per cent, Spain home: your own personal finances. at 97.8 per cent Germany at 87.9 per cent and Canada Whether you are looking to invest or borrow, assessing your personal financial situation at 85.2 per cent.
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is imperative. The decision to save or invest depends solely on your own circumstances, but a keen understanding of the financial market and available opportunities by way of professional advice can help you make those decisions.
New financial year, new financial you In the 2013 Australia’s Money Confidence survey, nearly 12,000 Australians were asked to assess how confident they were about their personal finances. The report, which defines “money confidence” as “feeling and behaving confidently with money”, found that even when things are going well, almost 40 per cent of respondents stress about money. One third of respondents said that worrying about finances causes sleepless nights (33 per cent) and anxiety (39 per cent). The majority of respondents said it’s important to have a long-term financial plan (84 per cent) but, alarmingly, only one in five said they currently use a financial planner or advisor (21 per cent). Eighty-three per cent of those not confident about their future financial security either “procrastinate” or “try not to think about it” when it comes to putting a financial plan in place.
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Police Association members to feel impact of changes to motor accident compensation scheme Managing Partner Morry Bailes and Senior Associate Richard Yates Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers And the impact will be a reduction in entitlements from those of the former scheme
There is a new scale to assess injuries – the injury scale values (ISV scale). The score on the accident on or after July 1, 2013, in South Australia, scale becomes relevant to what damages a member your motor vehicle compensation claim will fall under can claim. • For an individual to receive any compensation new compulsory third party (CTP) insurance laws. This will be the case whether the accident occurs for pain and suffering, consortium or gratuitous services (personal care and voluntary services), on or off duty. Members who have accidents on duty will usually the injury must be assessed as exceeding have a workers’ compensation claim. Historically, 10 points on the ISV scale. • No compensation is payable for future loss however, it has also been beneficial to pursue a of earning capacity unless a person sustains motor vehicle accident compensation claim because the compensation available under that scheme has an injury assessed in excess of seven points on typically been more generous than under a workers the ISV scale. compensation claim. • Amounts payable for pain and suffering That might not be the case in the new CTP (non-economic loss) have been considerably scheme, and it is increasingly important to seek legal reduced, with injuries less than 31 points on advice when considering pursuing a motor accident the scale effectively equal to $1,000 for each compensation claim when there is already a workers’ point that the assessment exceeds 10 points, compensation claim arising out of the accident. on top of a base payment of $2,000. For example, For off-duty accidents, the impact of the amended 12 points on the scale equates to a payment legislation and regulations will certainly be a reduction of $4,000. • If a person is entitled to a payment for past in entitlements from the former scheme. The introduction of significant thresholds is likely economic loss or future economic loss, the net amount assessed as payable (after to result in injuries that most would view as moderate taking into account any other relevant or serious (but not catastrophic) failing to meet the necessary threshold and accordingly limit or rule out reduction that may apply, including reduction entitlements to compensation. Entitlements will vary on the basis of liability issues) is reduced by depending on individual circumstances. 20 per cent. (A summary of the significant changes brought • A d d i t i o n a l i nfo r m at i o n m u s t n ow b e about by the new legislation and regulations provided in a prescribed form when a claim for compensation is submitted. The injured person appears right.) must provide an authority allowing Making a claim for compensation is now a much the insurer (usually Allianz) to access records or other sources of information more complex process. But, despite the law relevant to the person’s claim. A lawyer can organize this for you. changes, you still might have entitlements…
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• The implementation of an ISV scale to assess injuries focuses on determining the dominant injury and the extent of any permanent impairment percentage. • In the case of multiple injuries, there is opportunity for uplift in payment for non-economic loss. Again, seek legal advice on this issue. When using the ISV scale, the actual diagnosis of the injury or injuries suffered by the person is most important. The table makes it clear that it is typically not symptoms that are used to assess the injury but instead the focus is on what objective damage has been sustained. Examples of injuries which, under the ISV scale, potentially exceed 10 points include: • Serious facial scarring, including substantial disfigure me nt and signific ant adve r se psychological reaction. • Ear injury, including binaural hearing loss of at least 20 per cent but less than 50 per cent. • Neck injury, requiring a herniated disc for which there is radiological evidence, symptoms of pain and at least three of the following: sensory loss, loss of muscle strength, impaired reflexes or unilateral atrophy and, lastly, impairment has not improved after non-operative treatment. • Thoracic or lumbar spine injury requires a herniated disc for which there is radiological evidence, symptoms of pain and at least three of the following: sensory loss, loss of muscle strength, impaired reflexes, unilateral atrophy and the impairment has not improved after non-operative treatment.
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Dead Man’s Time
Sign of the Cross
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
Author Peter James Publisher Macmillan RRP $29.99
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Author Jeffery Deaver Publisher Hodder & Stoughton RRP $32.99
A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds’ worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman’s powerful family cherishes above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back. Within days, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe, and all the way back to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the force of one man’s greed and another man’s fury.
A domestic dispute has escalated into a bloodbath. When his uncle and aunt are found dead, Spike Sanguinetti must cross the Mediterranean to Malta for their funerals, leaving the courtroom behind. But the more he learns about their violent deaths, the more he is troubled by one thing: what could have prompted a mild-mannered art historian to stab his wife before turning the knife upon himself? Reunited with his ex-girlfriend, Zahra, Spike embarks on a trail that leads from the island’s squalid immigrant camps to the ornate palazzos of the legendary Knights of St John. In Malta, it seems, brutality, greed and danger lie nearer to the surface than might first appear.
In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But, after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain’s greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen. Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict.
Robert Moreno, an American citizen living in South America, is shot in the Bahamas by a sniper. The killing was commissioned by the US government, which received a tip-off that Moreno was planning a terrorist attack on a US oil company headquarters. But this intelligence was fatally incorrect: anti-American Moreno ordered a protest at the oil company, not an attack. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are drafted in to investigate. While Sachs traces Moreno’s steps in New York, Rhyme travels to the scene of the crime in Nassau, where he finds himself on a dangerous path trailed by the sniper himself. As details of the case start to emerge, the pair discovers that not all is what it seemed. Can they achieve justice and escape with their lives intact?
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The Kill Room
And When She Was Good
Author Laura Lippman Publisher Faber RRP $24.99
Author William Boyd Publisher Bloomsbury RRP $19.99
Heloise: single mum, runs her own business, avoids attention, keeps her private life to herself. But Heloise’s life is also a precarious one – because her business is one that takes place in discreet hotel rooms and, for the right money, she could be the woman of your dreams. Now her carefully constructed world is under threat – her once-oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions; her long-time protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers; and, in the next county over, another so-called madam has been found dead in her car. With nothing quite as it seems, Heloise faces a midlife crisis which threatens the safety of both her and her son.
“A smoothly written, psychologically complex and terrifically exciting ripper” – The Daily Telegraph. It is 1939. Eva Delectorskaya is a beautiful 28 -year-old Russian émigrée living in Paris. As war breaks out she is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer, a mysterious Englishman. Under this tutelage she learns to become the perfect spy, to mask her emotions and trust no one, including those she loves most. Since the war, Eva has carefully rebuilt her life as a typically English wife and mother. But, once a spy, always a spy. Now she must complete one final assignment, and this time Eva can’t do it alone: she needs her daughter’s help.
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Continued from page 37 • I have control over my finances. • I am comfortable with my level of debt and my ability to manage day-to-day expenses. • I am able to plan for the future and unexpected situations. • I feel adequately insured, financially prepared; I’m saving for retirement and have adequate savings and wealth. • I take an active interest in building financial knowledge and understanding and seek professional advice when needed. • I am financially motivated – I set financial goals and work on achieving them. If you could only tick three or fewer you might benefit from talking to us. We understand that tackling the issue of money confidence can be daunting. A proactive plan can also help you make the most of your money and achieve your financial goals faster. What are you holding back from, owing to your financial stress? Our experienced team of private bankers can help you alleviate your financial stress by managing your complex financial situations on your behalf like refinancing your loan, consolidating debt and showing you how to budget effectively. Plus, as a Platinum Advantage member, we can arrange a no-obligation complimentary consultation with one of our Bridges financial planners. Get financial confidence today and call our Private Banking team on 1 300 131 844. Police Credit Union AFSL/ Australian Credit Licence 238991
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Olympus has fallen
Heartbeat Series 10
SRP $39.95 3 discs Running time 456 mins
SRP $39.95 1 disc Running time 120 mins
SRP $44.95 6 discs Running time 20 hours
SRP $19.95 1 disc Running time 72 mins
Endeavour is the hugely successful and gripping prequel to the classic Inspector Morse. It contains five new mysteries that promise to shape the young Endeavour Morse, whose early days as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police had him risking everything to solve mysteries and secure justice. Despite encouragement by mentor DI Fred Thursday, the novice detective’s rebellious attitude means he has a lot to prove before he’s trusted to run his own murder enquiry. Written by Russell Lewis, Endeavour proudly harnesses the great traditions of Inspector Morse – the devious crimes, intricate plotting and filmic production values – but promises to take this enduring franchise back into the turbulent, transformative 1960s, and unexplored realms of Oxford life.
Mike Banning, the head of the President’s Secret Service detail, is disgraced during an accident which involves the death of First Lady Margaret Asher. Blaming himself, Banning resigns his position to work at the US Treasury. Months later, during a meeting between President Asher and Minister Lee of South Korea, an unidentified aircraft approaches the White House. The Secret Service rushes Asher, his cabinet, and Minister Lee to the President’s Bunker. An aerial and ground attack destroys the White House and Kang, head of security for Minister Lee, steps up as the leader of the operation. The US national security team scrambles to respond but, when the Pentagon, Navy Seals, Blackhawks and all else fail, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster.
In this series, PC Mike Bradley and solicitor Jackie settle into married life but find it far from cosy as Mike accuses Jackie of having an affair. There’s romance for Gina and PC Phil Bellamy and a dramatic change of scene for Greengrass, who makes his final appearance in the series. While at the station Sergeant Craddock and his team face some of their toughest cases yet, and new doctor Tricia Summerbee arrives at Ashfordly Hospital. Set during the 1960s in the fictional North Yorkshire village of Aidensfield, Heartbeat is one of the most loved and successful series of all time.
Through the personal accounts of two British servicemen, Fix Bayonets depicts an extraordinary record of the last traditional war of the twentieth century. This was fighting as it had been throughout military history, when killing a man often meant running him through with a bayonet or dropping a grenade in his lap. At Goose Green, there was no escaping the realities of battle. This was no remote combat, but a down-and-dirty fight to the death with an enemy that could be seen and touched. The two men who guide us through the epic land battle that was Goose Green have seen warfare as it really is. These are their stories.
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Death in Paradise Series 2 SRP $39.95 3 discs Running time 466 mins For a detective who can’t stand sand, even paradise can be Hell. DI Richard Poole is still trapped on the stunning Caribbean island of Saint Marie where, despite the sun, sea and sand continuing to irritate, he remains as brilliant as ever at solving seemingly impossible murders. His eye for detail, relentless logic and stubborn refusal to leave any thing unexplained all work seamlessly with the instinctive and insightful approach of the beautiful Sergeant Camille Bordey. Helped by the unorthodox Dwayne and ambitious Fidel, Richard and his team successfully tackle a baffling array of unique murder mysteries, from a death supposedly caused by a pirate’s curse to a nun being killed in a locked room. But London beckons and, as Richard’s relationship with both the island and Camille develops, will he at last find his place in the world?
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India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken sombreness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but also the sudden arrival of her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
From two-time Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of one of the greatest rivalries Formula 1 racing has ever witnessed – James Hunt versus Niki Lauda and their racing teams, McLaren versus Ferrari. Privile ge d, charismatic and handsome, English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) was the polar opposite of his reserved and methodical opponent, Austrian born Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). They competed viciously against each other until Lauda’s surgeon-like precision behind the wheel landed him the number one spot at Ferrari. However, it was not long before unruly golden boy James Hunt dramatically seized the world championship from Lauda, proving to the critics that there was real substance beneath his stylish exterior.
France’s Bordeaux region has long commanded respect for its coveted wine, but shifts in the global marketplace mean that a new, voracious consumer base in China is buying up this finite product. A new Australian documentary about the international wine industry, narrated by Russell Crowe, Red Obsession is a fascinating look at our changing international economy and how an obsession in Shanghai affects the most illustrious vineyards in France.
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Raidis Estate 2010 Billy Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra, SA RRP $25 www.raidis.com.au
Grant Burge Wines Filsell Shiraz
Family owned and operated, Raidis Estate is Coonawarra’s new kid in wine. The Raidis family has lived and worked in the community for the past 40 years. It is a family with a hands-on approach to wine production and is actively involved in all stages of the process. To achieve superior quality wines, Raidis vines are hand-pruned and low-yielding. In Coonawarra, 2010 was a great vintage and the 2010 Billy Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine. Aromas of caramel, spice, stewed berries, earthiness, cloves, mint, and leather dominate the nose. The palate continues the complexity of the wine showing gamey characters and a sweet spice. Billy Cabernet Sauvignon is juicy and has good fleshiness and roundness on the palate. As with all Raidis Estate wines, Billy was created for you to enjoy with good food and good friends.
Barossa, SA Cellar door price $37.95 www.grantburgewines.com.au This super-premium wine, sourced from 90-year-old vines, was named the world’s best Shiraz of 2013 at Winestate magazine’s World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge VIII. Planted in 1920, the Filsell vineyard is considered one of the best in the Barossa as it consistently produces fruit of great intensity and concentration. Once harvested and crushed, the wine is fermented and matured in new and one-year-old American oak barrels for 20 months before bottling. The combination of old-vine fruit and American oak creates a rich and rewarding wine. Deep, brooding dark fruit flavours are layered with subtle raspberry, nutmeg and choc-mint. The palate is incredibly concentrated, with seamlessly integrated tannins and rounded acidity adding great length of flavour. This wine can easily cellar for 10 years or more and should be part of every wine-lover’s collection.
Hahndorf Hill Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Adelaide Hills, SA RRP $23 www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.au Hahndorf Hill Winery is a boutique producer in the Adelaide Hills and specializes in Austrian varieties such as Gruner Veltliner and Blaufrankisch, but the winery also produces the classic Hills varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc. Its 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is a cool-climate beauty that has already won two gold medals and been rated 94 points (outstanding) by top Australian wine critic James Halliday. It is beautifully crisp and super fresh with a wonderful sense of purity and a tumble of passionfruit and guava on the nose. Zesty and zingy in the mouth with tropical flavours and a twist of lime skin, this wine is perfectly matched with freshly shucked oysters or pan-fried pork medallions, and ideal for stylish entertaining. It is available from independent liquor stores and the winery’s online shop at www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.au.
Wine offer Grant Burge Wines: Call (08) 8563 7675 or go to (www.grantburgewines.com.au) Cellar Door and quote SA Police to get a discount and free delivery on a six-pack or more. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
AS S OCIA
• Shoulder injuries: a moderate shoulder injury could include either a traumatic adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) persisting for about two years, a fracture from which a person has made a reasonable recovery following open reduction and internal fixation, an injury to the sternoclavicular joint causing permanent, painful instability, or painful persisting dislocation of the AC joint. • Elbow injury: where a person has made a reasonable recovery from surgery after requiring open reduction and internal fixation. • Pelvis injury: a hip fracture requiring a hip replacement. • Knee injury: requires a ligamentous injury, where surgery has been performed and prolonged rehabilitation, causing a whole-person impairment of 15 per cent and functional limitation. • Ankle injury: requires a long period of treatment, a long time of plaster or insertion of pins and plates, permanent significant ankle instability. Typically a whole-person impairment of 15 per cent. This is only a brief summary of some of the injuries that are required to obtain an assessment potentially greater than 10 points on the ISV scale. Again, your compensation claim will depend on your individual circumstances so seek legal advice about your situation. Also remember that, to bring a compensation claim, strict time limits apply. Legal proceedings must be issued within three years of the date of the accident or all entitlements are lost. Making a claim for compensation is now a much more complex process. But, despite the law changes, you still might have entitlements, so it is now more important than ever to talk to an experienced lawyer who can help you negotiate this process. On behalf of South Australia’s legal profession, TGB managing partner Morry Bailes led negotiations with the state government to get a better deal for motor accident victims. He also consulted with the government regarding the drafting of the regulations. Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers are the leaders for motor vehicle compensation claims in South Australia, with the state’s largest team of lawyers dedicated to this area of law.
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Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers provides free initial advice through a legal advisory service to Police Association members and their families, and retired members. To make an appointment, members should contact the association (8212 3055). AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Finals fever and a Supercar champion coming V8 Supercar driver Garth Tander comes to the Police Club The sports lunch is on again… Lunch is from 12 noon to 2pm on Friday, September 20 Garth will take part in an informal Q&A session led by Police Journal editor Brett Williams Take the opportunity to ask this Supercars Championship series winner your questions… about his career and victories, or motor racing generally
THE FORMAT • Special $20 schnitzel lunch & drink • Choice of chicken or beef schnitzel served with sauce (pepper, mushroom or gravy) salad and chips plus a soft drink* • Use your Police Club membership card for other purchases at the bar and save • Photo and autograph opportunities after lunch *no further discounts apply
Make your booking early: phone Bronwyn at the club on 8212 2924 or e-mail email@example.com
Grand Final Day lunch and Preliminary Final dinner Don’t just see the big games… HEAR them as well Join the party in your team colours on Friday, Sept 20, for the prelim and Saturday, Sept 28, for the grand final
Happy-hour prices for the first quarter $5 TED pints and $3 house wine $10 footy finals menu
Phone the club on 8212 2924 and book a booth today
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to the club
Christmas approaches… So book your Christmas function now Special menu from $34 for two courses – from November 18 to December 24 Plus the club’s usual a la carte menu still applies Use your Police Club membership card and save
Phone the club on 8212 2924 or e-mail PoliceClub@pasa.asn.au
PoliceClub@pasa.asn.au | (08) 8212 2924 27 Carrington Street, Adelaide | www.policeclub.com.au
The Last Shift Richard Jackson Peter Rosewall (1) Bob McDonald Jim Langmead (2) Peter Walter-Smith (3) Kym Hardwick (4) Beraniece Pfitzner Col Cornish (5) René Steen Graham Butt Graeme Bubner (6) Frank Salamon (7) Rick Day (8) Graham Bassell
SC1C RICHARD JACKSON Holden Hill CIB 12 years’ service Last day: 29.05.13 Comments… “I am leaving with fond memories of the people, countryside and life experiences I collected along the way. For the friendships I have formed, I especially acknowledge Ryan, Ben, Daniel, Tim and Mel. Thank you for everything.” “The pressures loaded upon general CIB members are monumental and I have the utmost respect for the work we did and the outstanding results achieved as a unit – sometimes in extreme adversity, and quite often without praise or recognition.” “I leave now with a heavy heart but a healthy respect for those who endure on the front line. I take my hat off to you all. Be safe.”
SC1C PETER ROSEWALL State Traffic Enforcement Section 29 years’ service Last day: 11.07.13 Comments… “I thank the Police Association for its support over my last 29 years of service with SAPOL.” “I have enjoyed my time in various aspects of the job during both city and country policing.” “I have met many, and enjoyed some great friendships that will hopefully continue on into the sunset.” “To the remaining members of Course 4/84, I wish you well and, to all, have a safe journey and good luck.”
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Superintendent Col Cornish Communication Centre 39 years’ service Last day: 23.07.13
Above: Cornish as a Metropolitan Police cadet at Hendon Police College, London
Comments… “When I first joined the police in London, we bobbies on the beat relied on the police box, of Dr Who fame, for fixed-line telephone contact from the local station. This was just before the introduction of limited coverage personal radios for police officers.” “I will always remember the brilliant people I have worked with and will carry fond memories of their friendships and support born from confronting occupational problems.” The Police Association of South Australia has been the backbone for members of SAPOL over the years and has won rightful improvements in working conditions and remunerations.” “My recent reading of the book The First Police Union by Nigel Hunt on the history of the association reminds me of the important challenges our union has faced and generally triumphed over.” “I wish the association committee all the best and, to all my colleagues in policing and the other emergency services, I say good luck.” AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
Above: working from the Forensic Science building as a crime-scene investigator in the mid-1980s; right: protecting John Lennon and Yoko Ono from a large crowd outside Marylebone Magistrates Court in London, where Lennon was appearing to answer a drugs charge in 1969.
SNR SGT RB “BOB” McDONALD Water Operations Unit 43 years’ service Last day: 13.07.13 Comments… “I extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all members of the Police Association for not only being there for me when I needed you but for the tireless efforts and support provided by you all for every member within SAPOL. You do a wonderful job and it is much appreciated.” “I can truly say that I have had a most wonderful and fulfilling career surrounded by the most professional people anyone could want to work with.” “At Water Operations I have witnessed acts of incredible bravery, determination and stamina.” “SAPOL should be proud of each and every one of them.”
Clockwise from top: Bubner (seated left) at Fort Largs – best in team in basketball; demonstrating fingerprint techniques (both images); the young recruit; below: among the fingerprint files with a colleague.
Sc1c Graeme Bubner Fingerprint Bureau 41 years’ service Last day: 30.07.13 Comments… “I have enjoyed and appreciated working with various members. I’m grateful for the experiences shared.” “Throughout my service, the Police Association has achieved many benefits in wages and working conditions.” “I wish all remaining the very best in their careers and the continued success of the association.”
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CHIEF INSP JIM LANGMEAD Audit & Risk Management 43 years’ service Last day: 13.07.13 Comments… “I thank the Police Association for its efforts over the years in continually raising the level of work conditions and remuneration for all members. Your efforts have ensured that the profession of policing is truly one to aspire to.” “I thank the committee on a personal level for the assistance given in the two recent issues in relation to WorkCover claims.” “I thank all the members I have had the pleasure of working with for their camaraderie, humour and lasting friendship.” “There has been a Langmead in a police force somewhere in the world since 1913. Except for the odd war interrupting, this has continued until the present day.” “My daughter continues this tradition (for now).” “I wish each and every one of you who remains in what I consider the most rewarding career you can have, all the very best for the future.”
SERGEANT PETER WALTER-SMITH Firearms Branch 35 years’ service Last day: 17.07.13 Comments… “It has been a terrific job. The ups have certainly been far greater than the downs. In its members, SAPOL has a wonderful resource, as does all of South Australia.” “I thank the Police Association sincerely for its efforts in the past to support me and its members and to obtain our present working conditions.” SNR SGT BERANIECE PFITZNER Emergency and Major Events 27 years’ service Last day: 21.07.13 Comments… “In my varied working roles, I met a wide range of people who, within and outside of SAPOL, have in some cases challenged me and, in most cases, enriched my life.” “SAPOL and the Police Association are organizations that support personnel in time of need and hopefully that will always continue.” “My thanks to the association staff for the tireless work they do on behalf of members.”
Detective Brevet Sgt Rick Day Kadina CIB 38 years’ service Last day: 02.08.13 Comments… “No doubt the highlight of my service has been the years spent in the country, both the Adelaide Hills and Yorke Peninsula, particularly my 24 years attached to the Kadina CIB.” “Also a rewarding experience was my involvement with the Police Association, first as a delegate and, later, as a member of the committee of management.” “Making inroads into improved conditions and wages have assisted, and will continue to assist, police officers and their families for many years to come.”
From left: Day (centre row, third from right) with his CIB designation course; Day (far left) with Stirling police cricket team in 1980; on his first day at Kadina CIB in 1989; and with uniformed colleagues on day one of the then new B5 division (Stirling) in 1977. AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
SERGEANT RENÉ STEEN Port Lincoln Crime Prevention 41 years’ service Last day: 24.07.13 Comments… “I have lots of great memories and many terrific friends with whom I have both worked and played over the years.” “Policing has become a lot tougher than it was when we were all 20-somethings getting around in V8 Valiant Rangers.” “Today’s police officers have a much heavier workload, are more closely scrutinized and are subject to a much higher public expectation, while dealing with a significantly larger demographic of dysfunctional people than we did all those years back.” “The new guard will always have my respect and admiration. Good luck and God bless you all.” SC1C GRAHAM BUTT Berri 37 years’ service Last day: 27.07.13 Comments… “I enjoyed my involvement with the Police Association, including a couple of stints as a delegate, and thank all those involved.” “I am proud to have served all my 37-and-a-half years on the road; and, to those still out there fighting the good fight: take care of yourselves and each other.” Sergeant Frank Salamon State Traffic Enforcement 43 years’ service Last day: 31.07.13 Comments… “I thank the Police Association for all the work it has done for its members over the years. I am grateful to all SAPOL members I have worked with. It’s been a pleasure and an honour.” SNR SGT 1C GRAHAM BASSELL Prosecution Operations 46 years’ service Last day: 10.08.13 Comments… “This is an appropriate opportunity to thank the members of the Police Association staff and delegates with whom I have had contact over the years. I can only offer my sincerest appreciation for the efforts and service provided to me by these people.” “When I walked through the police academy gates on March 28, 1967, I never dreamed about where it would take me, the people I would meet, within and without SAPOL, and the skills I would accumulate over the time.” “The ride has been sensational.”
Clockwise from top: Hardwick (seated) with Mark Thamm (behind), Owen Godfrey and Iain Robertson at Curramulka caves in 1983; with Craig Drogemuller at Honeymoon Mine during an anti-uranium protest; on a STAR Group exercise in an Adelaide bank in 1984; graduation day in June 1973 with grandmother and then girlfriend (now wife) Annette).
Superintendent Kym Hardwick Commissioner’s Support Branch 43 years’ service Last day: 19.07.13 Comments… “I have been very fortunate over the years to have worked with wonderful people and made many great friendships.” “I thank the many valued friends and colleagues with whom I have had the privilege to serve.” “I wish you, those members of Course 33 still serving, and SAPOL itself, all the very best for the future.” “I acknowledge the support provided unhesitatingly to me throughout my career by my wife, Anne, and children, Corey and Casey.” “I thank the Police Association team for its support and good work over the years.”
SERGEANT IAN HAMP Sturt Patrols 43 years’ service Last day: 28.08.13 Comments… “I thank the Police Association for its continued support to improve our pay and work conditions.” “I thank my wife, Janine, who has stood by and supported me during this time. It takes a special person to partner a police officer.” “I especially thank all members, both past and current, who have been on patrol team one at Sturt for their support during the last 10 years.” “I wish you all the best in your careers.” AUGUST 2013 Police Journal
For the full version of The Last Shift, go to PASAweb at www.pasa.asn.au
PASA Retiring Members Dinner, Hilton Adelaide Hotel Friday, June 28, 2103
Retiring members with Police Association president Mark Carroll and Commissioner Gary Burns (centre)
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