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Named in honour of Brett T. Handran

Plain Clothes Constable Brett HandranPlain Clothes Constable Handran was fatally shot  by Tony Leif Dolerud at Wynnum, Brisbane on 29 June 1989 while attending a serious domestic dispute in company of his partner Plain Clothes Constable Clarey.

Dolerud had earlier stabbed his wife in an argument, and as a friend tried to take her to safety, armed himself with a high powered rifle and began firing indiscriminately into the street.

Plain Clothes Constable Handran was fatally shot as he alighted from the police vehicle outside the man's unit. Constable Clarey was also shot as he took shelter behind the police vehicle.

Dolerud later took his own life after killing his two-year-old daughter. Four others were wounded.

On Monday 3 July 1989 Brett Handran's family were joined by a large contingent of his colleagues including senior officers of the New South Wales, Victorian and Australian Federal Police Forces.

The Service was conducted at the Queensland Police Academy Chapel with full police honours.

Qld Police Vessel "BRETT T. HANDRAN" - Brisbane

QPV Brett T Handran


14.8 metre Norman R Wright and Sons fast patrol launch, triple diagonal planked hull with a dynel sheath. Powered by twin 420 hp Detroit 6v92 series motors.




The Brisbane based 'BRETT T. HANDRAN II' was delivered to the Queensland Police Service in March 2009.

Built at a cost of over $1m, and one of three similar vessels ('W.CONROY V', 'LYLE M. HOEY IV' ), the 'BRETT T. HANDRAN II' was built by Austral at their Margate shipyard just south of Hobart, Tasmania.

The 'BRETT T. HANDRAN II' is a 22 metre aluminium catamaran powered by two MTU Series 60 diesel engines, each rated at 499kw, with Twin Disc Quickshift MGX-51355C gearboxes driving two Bruntons five-bladed fixed pitch propellers giving a maximum speed of 26 knots (cruise speed 20 knots) and a maximum range of approximately 900 nautical miles.

© 2009 Copyright John Rice
Last Modified June 2009