|On Sunday the 31st May 2009 the Queensland Water Police celebrated their 150th anniversary with a small function to mark the occasion at the Brisbane Water Police Complex, Lytton.>
In the company of many past and present water police officers, their families and friends, Mr Bob Atkinson APM, Commissioner of Police, in the presence of the Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Anna Bligh MP and the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services The Honourable Neil Roberts, unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
|Commissioner Atkinson said the history of Queensland's Water Police featured numerous instances in which officers had shown outstanding bravery and dedication during a
crisis. Many Water Police Officers have risked their lives to save others, including Senior Constable Ivan Adams who dived continuously for 10 hours to rescue 12 sailors from the capsized 3000
tonne Danish dredge (Kaptajn Nielsen - 18 September) in 1964 Commissioner Atkinson said.>
Named in HonourPremier Bligh said the plaque recognised the role water policing had played in Queensland's rich law enforcement history.
The Premier also remembered Constable George Young, (pictured on left) the first Water Police officer to die while on duty. "Constable Young was assigned the task of flying with the Royal Australian Air Force Amphibian crew to assist in the search for Brisbane typist Marjorie Norval, who had been missing for 17 days. While travelling low over the Alberton (sic) River at Beenleigh, the plane struck power lines which caused it to crash into the ground and explode" the Premier said.
The service and death of Constable Young continues to be recognised through the Townsville police vessel named in his honour. Click on this link "Named in Honour" or the link in the main menu for more details.
These pages are an attempt to preserve the memory, and recognise the services and sacrifice, of officers of the Queensland Police Service who have been recognised by the naming of a Water Police vessel in their honour.
In a small way they also hope to acknowledge the proud and professional service of all men and women of the Queensland Water Police who have served the community of Queensland since 1859 - "With Honour They Serve".
These pages are continuously updated as further information and photos are obtained. Contributions from anyone with information concerning any of these pages is welcome.
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