1998

26Dec

De Winne, Simon David

Senior Constable, 27590

At 9.35 a.m. on Saturday, 26th December 1998, Senior Constable De Winne was travelling south along the Midland Highway, near Swanpool, intending to intercept a vehicle for a traffic offence. He lost control of his vehicle and collided with a tree, killing him instantly.

16Aug

Miller, Rodney, VA

Senior Constable, 29276

At about 12.20am on Sunday 16th August 1998, in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin whilst working on an operation investigating armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs, Senior Constable Miller and his partner, Sergeant Gary Silk, were gunned down and killed. In one of the largest investigations in police history, the Lorimer Task Force utilised state of the art forensic techniques and other sophisticated methods to identify two suspects, who were subsequently charged and convicted of the murders. Both were sentenced to life in prison, with one of the killers never to be released. Public support for police following the murders of Silk & Miller gave rise to Blue Ribbon Day which now remembers all police killed in the line of duty on September 29th each year, which is also National Police Remembrance Day.

16Aug

Silk, Gary, VA

Sergeant, 24685

At around 12.20am on Sunday 16th August 1998, in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin whilst working on an operation investigating armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs, Sergeant Silk and his partner, Senior Constable Rodney Miller, were gunned down and killed. In one of the largest investigations in police history, the Lorimer Task Force utilised state of the art forensic techniques and other sophisticated methods to identify two suspects, who were subsequently charged and convicted of the murders. Both were sentenced to life in prison, with one of the killers never to be released. Public support for police following the murders of Silk & Miller gave rise to Blue Ribbon Day which now remembers all police killed in the line of duty on September 29th each year, which is also National Police Remembrance Day.