Early 20th century criminals were at their worst and their excesses created havoc.The times were hard and made even more difficult with the beginning of WWII,
Alan Leek, an awarded police veteran, recounts incredible true stories from this period through the lens of a man who has personally experienced and witnessed the life-changing impacts of service. He pays tribute to the ethos and courage of police and their contribution during a period when police responses were not directed by psychological or sociological methodologies but by brawn and bravery.
This compilation of stories includes the callous Anzac Day anniversary shooting of a constable, the murder of a decorated country constable that ended with the posthumous award of the George Cross,the cowardly stabbing death of a constable who had survived Africa, Greece, Ceylon and New Guinea, accounts of front line country police mercilessly cut down and other stories of goal break-outs, gun flights and carnage.
Some of the crimes dealt with here are horrific and tragic. They are not easy to take in, even today, but they need to be told to set the record straight and ensure that the victims are remembered beyond their names being chiselled into stone.
Leek is a 34 year veteran of NSW Police with a Diploma in Justice Administration (Charles Sturt University); Graduate Diploma in Management (Macquarie University); Graduate of FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. Awarded Peter Mitchell Trophy (1987) for outstanding performance of police duty (homicide investigation). Former President of Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce and former Chair of Tourism Hawkesbury. Full-term trustee and patron of the Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawing and partner/director of Breewood Galleries, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury (1983 - 2009).
The book is to be launched on Saturday 12 October by Ken Moroney, a 42 year veteran of NSW Police and Commissioner 2002-2007. Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) Australian Police Medal (APM) Fellow of Royal Society of New South Wales (FRSN). He holds a Master of Arts Degree and Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Justice Administration from Charles Sturt University. He also graduated from the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University.