The incredible work of Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson has been celebrated after the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District hosted a ceremony to dedicate a multi-purpose training room in his honour.
Sergeant Richardson was killed five years ago when the police car he was driving crashed into a tree on Lovedale Road, Allandale.
On Saturday 5 March 2016, he had been driving to assist colleagues who were engaged in a pursuit. He was the only person in the car.
Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys APM joined Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell APM, Port Stephens-Hunter PD Commander, Detective Superintendent Chad Gillies, and Sergeant Richardson’s family and loved ones for the dedication ceremony at Raymond Terrace Police Station today (Friday 5 March).
Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said Sergeant Richardson’s devotion to his community was second to none and added the ceremony indicated the high regard his fellow officers held him in.
“Geoff was a hard-working and highly respected police officer,” he said.
“He was committed to his job, committed to his mates, and committed to the community he served.
“We are one big policing family, and this is another way we can remember ‘Richo’ and his service to the Port Stephens community.”
The Geoffrey Richardson Room is a multi-purpose space at Raymond Terrace Police Station that is used for a range of purposes, including daily briefings, training days and seminars for police officers.
Sergeant Richardson had a very decorated career. He graduated from the NSW Police Academy in 1998, and went on to serve at Campbelltown Local Area Command as a Constable until 2005.
During his 18-year policing career, he served at Cobar, Central Hunter and Lake Macquarie, before returning to the Port Stephens Local Area Command in 2015.
Sergeant Richardson was the recipient of a number of awards, including a Region Commander’s Commendation for Bravery, and a posthumous Commissioner’s Commendation for Service.