Honour Roll

2000

20May

Bateman, Mark Anthony

Senior Constable, 30810

At approximately 2.20 a.m. on Saturday, 20th May, 2000 Senior Constable Robinson and Senior Constable Bateman were travelling along High Street, Northcote with emergency lights activated in response to an emergency call. At the intersection of Dennis & High Streets, the divisional van collided with another vehicle before coming to rest against a traffic control signal and electricity pole. Both members were killed instantly.

20May

Robinson, Fiona Frances

Senior Constable, 30507

At approximately 2.20 a.m. on Saturday, 20th May, 2000 Senior Constable Robinson and Senior Constable Bateman were travelling along High Street, Northcote with emergency lights activated in response to an emergency call. At the intersection of Dennis & High Streets, the divisional van collided with another vehicle before coming to rest against a traffic control signal and electricity pole. Both members were killed instantly.

2005

24Apr

Clarke, Tony

Senior Constable

In the early hours of Sunday, 24th April, 2005 Senior Constable Tony Clarke of the Knox Regional Traffic Task Unit was on patrol on the Warburton Highway. It is alleged that S/C Clarke intercepted a vehicle and was about to administer a preliminary breath test when at some point the driver of the vehicle managed to gain posession of S/C Clarke's gun. The driver fatally wounded S/C Clarke and then stole the police car and absconded. Other police members working in the area discovered S/C Clarke's body a short time later and raised the alarm. The stolen police vehicle was later found near Lilydale. The driver's body was located in nearby bushland, where he had apparently committed suicide using S/C Clarke's gun. S/C Clarke was described as an efficient and dedicated police member who was highly regarded by his colleagues and superiors.

26Apr

Page, Rennie

Senior Constable

On the morning of Tuesday, 26th April , 2005, Senior Constable Rennie Page of the Benalla Traffic Management Unit was conducting traffic patrol duties on the Hume Highway near Benalla. He intercepted a vehicle which parked on the left-hand shoulder of the Highway. S/C Page was speaking to the driver when a vehicle travelling north struck him at high speed, fatally wounding him.

2006

16Aug

Brimblecombe, Ann

Senior Constable

Senior Constable Ann Jane Brimblecombe was on duty and travelling from Wangaratta to Mitta Mitta when her vehicle ran off the Omeo Hwy about 2.5 km south of Eskdale and hit a tree. Senior Constable Brimblecombe was a Bicycle Education Officer and was on her way to give a lecture at the time of the collision. Police believe she left Wangaratta at 7:30am and her vehicle was discovered by a local farmer about 11am. Senior Constable Brimblecombe died at the scene. She was stationed at Wangaratta for 10 years and was not married. She joined Victoria Police in 1979 and worked at Force Reserve in Russell Street before being stationed at Kew. In 1981 she was stationed at the Russell Street Policewomen’s division. She also served in the former Y District Community Police Squad in Melbourne’s east and was promoted to Senior Constable in 1985. She returned to Force Reserve in 1993 before transferring to Wangaratta in 1995.

2011

24Nov

David John Hobden

Senior Constable of Echo District T.O.G.

On 30th October 1990, Senior Constable David Hobden was travelling on his police motor bike with lights and siren operating in response to a call from D24 of 'offenders on' in a house at Endeavour Hills. At the intersection of Heatherton Road and James Cook Drive, Endeavour Hills he was involved in a collision with another vehicle. No fault was attributed to Senior Constable Hobden in regards to the collision. He was conveyed to Dandenong Hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken leg and two broken ribs. As a result of the injuries he was off duty for 12 months. Upon his return to Victoria Police David Hobden performed duty in a number of non-operational roles. During thes years his injuries continued to trouble him and he underwent a further thirty operations. He also suffered arthritis in the spine. In 1996, David underwent a major operation which included rods and screws being inserted into his back and a bone graft. Eventually due to excessive pain and discomfort he was forced to retire from Victoria Police in 2005.

David Hobden died in November 2011; the Coroner recorded the cause of death as unknown however medical evidence provided by two (2) physicians the treated Mr Hobden, indicates that they believe that the injuries he sustained in 1990 contributed to his untimely death. Senior Constable Hobden was awarded the Victoria Police Star in 2007 in recognition of the serious injuries he sustained.