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Named in honour of Shayne William John Gill

Constable Shayne William John Gill commenced training at the Queensland Police and Emergency Services Academy, Oxley on the 23 January 1995.

Shayne was a member of Squad 18 during his recruit training. Shayne realised a life long ambition when he was sworn in on 11 August 1995. One of Shayne's passions was the sea.

Shayne commenced duty within the Sunshine Coast District at Nambour Station on the 16 August 1995 where he constantly strove to impress and be accepted. Shayne was a highly motivated and keen officer. On 7 December 1995 Shayne was the subject of a Favourable Incident Report which stated "...This First Year Constable showed great keenness and ability beyond his service in carrying out the duties of searching and recording and subsequent seizing of drug exhibits. He displayed good investigative skill."

As part of his First Year Constable training within the Sunshine Coast District Shayne performed duties at the Nambour CIB and Maroochydore Station and it was while he was working with the Sunshine Coast Traffic Branch on Tuesday 21 May 1996 that Shayne was tragically killed in the performance of his duty.


Constable Gill's funeral, with full police honours, was conducted at the Stella Maris Catholic church at Maroochydore and was attended by more than 600 mourners, including Police Commissioner Jim O'Sullivan and Police Minister Russell Cooper.

A full guard of honour assembled along the street outside the church, as the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums with motorcycle escort, led the cortege to the Buderim Cemetery.

The SEQEB Community Rescue Helicopter also flew over as part of the tribute.

Qld Police Vessel "S.W.GILL" - Hervey Bay

Police Vessel S.W.Gill
"QPV S.W.GILL" - 10 March 1997

The "S.W.GILL" is a 9.8 metre glass reinforced epoxy resin planing catamaran powered by twin 225 horsepower Evinrude outboard motors. The vessel has been designed for the Queensland Police Service for search and rescue and enforcement duties primarily within the Fraser Coast area. Patrol area extends from Double Island Point to the south in the Gympie Police District northwards through the waters off Maryborough and Bundaberg Police Districts to the northern patrol extremity of Round Hill in the Gladstone Police District.

The "S.W.GILL" was launched and named on the 10 March 1997 by Mrs Vera Gill, mother of Shayne Gill in the presence of The Honourable Russell Cooper, MLA, Commissioner J. P. O'Sullivan, Assistant Commissioner Andy Kidcaff, Inspector Mal Churchill other police officers and invited guests.

The "S.W.GILL" was blessed by Police Chaplain Pastor Gary Mohr.

Vessel Specifications

Builder: Cougar Catamarans of the Gold Coast
Electronics: Furuno 24 mile range Radar
Furuno GPS and Plotter
Furuno Colour Sounder
Lowrance Digital Sounder
Radios: Police UHF & VHF frequencies
Marine VHF
27 MHz
Aeronautical VHF
Fuel Capacity: 1400 litres unleaded fuel
Water Capacity: 90 litres fresh water

Photo Police Vessel S.W.Gill - Julie Ferguson, Maryborough Queensland

© 2009 Copyright John Rice
Last Modified June 2009