TRAINING FACILITY DEDICATED TO FALLEN PORT-STEPHENS POLICE OFFICER

Sergeant Richardson's family and loved ones joined police for a dedication ceremony today.

The life and service of Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson has been honoured today, as the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District dedicates its multi-purpose training room in his honour.

Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson from the Port Stephens Local Area Command was killed when the police car he was driving crashed into a tree on Lovedale Road at Allandale, around 11.50pm on Saturday 5 March 2016.

At the time, Sergeant Richardson had been driving to assist colleagues who were engaged in a pursuit. He was the only person in the car at the time of the crash.

On the fifth anniversary of his passing, Sergeant Richardson has been remembered by his final command, with the station’s multi-purpose training room at Raymond Terrace Police Station being dedicated in his name.

Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said Sergeant Richardson’s devotion to his local community was second to none, and today’s dedication is another example of the high regard his fellow officers held him in.

“Geoff was a hard-working and highly respected police officer. 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,” Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said.

The Geoffrey Richardson Room is located at the Raymond Terrace Police Station and is a multi-purpose space utilised for a range of purposes, including daily briefings, training days and seminars for police officers, awards ceremonies and other events.

Sergeant Richardson graduated from the NSW Police Academy in 1998, serving 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 numerous awards, including a Region Commander’s Commendation for Bravery, and a posthumous Commissioner’s Commendation for Service.

Sgt Geoffrey Richardson