Clinch, Neil Francis

Constable, 24654

At about 6 a.m. on Saturday, 4th April 1987, Constable Clinch was one of a group of police personnel who went to a flat at 126 Lorne Street, Fawkner, to investigate a stabbing. Police surrounded the building and one of the party knocked at the front door. A man armed with a .22 calibre rifle then came out of a rear and menaced a policewoman, who fired two shots from her service revolver. At the same time Constable Clinch attempted to tackle the man, and was struck in the head by one of the bullets. Clinch was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital where his condition was found to be inoperable. He died at 2.30 p.m., Sunday, 5th April 1987, having been in a coma since the time of the shooting.


Smith, Peter Ross

Senior Constable, 19373

At about 12.35 p.m. on Thursday, 14th May 1987, Senior Constable Smith was undergoing motor cycle riding instructions together with five other police students. They and their two instructors were riding their motor cycles along Skenes Creek Road, 2.8 kilometres south of Wild Dog Road, Apollo Bay when Smith failed to negotiate a right hand bend, ran off the road and hit a tree, dying instantly.


Thompson, Russell James

Sergeant, 14833

At about 12.30 a.m. on Thursday, 9th September 1987, Sergeant Thompson, who was on patrol duties at the time, was conducting a routine vehicle check on the Midland Highway, North Geelong, when he was struck and killed by a passing car. The driver of the offending vehicle failed to stop at the accident scene, but was later located and charged with a number of traffic offences.