A respected police officer who was found dead inside Port Adelaide‘s police station took her own life in the women’s bathroom.
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The police commissioner and coroner have launched an investigation after the officer – a detective brevet sergeant – died at the station in the city’s northwest between 2pm and 3pm on Monday.
Police have previously confirmed the death was not being treated as suspicious but have not revealed the cause.
However, , Daily Mail Australia can reveal officer, who was an Indigenous mother-of-two, took her own life.
Reports from eyewitnesses online claim officers at the station heard a loud bang within the building before they discovered her body.
SA Police have asked that media outlets not publish the dead officer’s name and identifiable photographs due to ‘cultural reasons’.
A respected police officer who was found dead inside Port Adelaide ‘s police station took her own life in the women’s bathroom. Police have asked that media outlets not publish the dead officer’s name and identifiable photographs for ‘cultural reasons’
The officer, who was originally from Whyalla before moving to Adelaide, initially worked as a community constable – cops who help police engage with First Nations and culturally diverse communities
She was sworn in as a full-time police officer in 2015.
She married her wife, who is also a South Australian police officer, in late 2019.
During her time as a community constable, she was nominated as ‘2012 Aboriginal Person of the Year’ for her work within the First Nations community.
In her nomination blurb, she discussed her passion for serving the community and her desire to see the Aboriginal community represented more within SA Police.
‘I love the variety in my work and I love getting the opportunity to help people by making the best out of a bad situation,’ she wrote.
‘[I] would like to help turn around the public’s perception of police officers from a negative to a positive.’
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the officer’s grandmother was a celebrated Aboriginal writer and poet who had more than 61 works published throughout her career.
The grandmother is lauded as a ‘pioneer in First Nations Australia literature in South Australia’ and was considered to be the first Aboriginal female writer to be published within the state and won awards for her contribution to the arts.
The female police officer was found dead at Port Adelaide Police Station (pictured), in the city’s northwest, on Monday afternoon
In a tribute online, a colleague shared photos of a gift she had once received from the officer – a poetry book written by her grandmother.
Other devastated friends and colleagues have remembered the officer as a ‘beautiful person’ who had an ‘infectious, loud laugh’ which could be heard ‘right across the station’.
One workmate said the officer told her ‘It will be OK, bestie’ during one of their last conversations on Monday.
‘You said it a thousand times to me over the years,’ her colleague wrote.
‘It doesn’t feel like anything will ever be OK again.
‘I am shattered. I loved you so much, but you knew that.
‘I will miss you forever.’
Another colleague recalled how kind she was when she first arrived at Port Adelaide and was struggling to adjust.
After the officer invited her out to socialise, they quickly bonded over their similarities – their ‘terrible memories, distractibility and having both lost their fathers.
‘The first day I met you your kindness and caring nature shone through. You went out of your way to make us and the kids feel welcome with invitations to kindergym and the park,’ she said.
‘I loved working in the same office as you. Your laugh, the lolly jar addiction, your big caring heart and your cracking sense of humour, always taking the piss.
‘I loved your passion for your people. You were a proud First Nations woman and I loved your stories of your beloved ‘Gary’.
Colleagues have remembered the officer for her ‘infectious laugh’ and how she would always ‘meet people with a smile’
‘I learnt so much from you. You were such a light in my life.
‘I wish you knew how much you are loved.’
The tragedy has rocked the South Australian police community, which is still reeling just two months on from the alleged on-duty fatal shooting of Brevet Sergeant Jason Doig and alleged hit-and-run death of SA Police Commissioner’s son, Charlie Stevens.
Counselling support services have been offered to the officer’s colleagues.
Acting Commissioner Linda Williams has announced the woman’s death will be subjected to a police inquiry as well as a coronial investigation.
‘The tragedy at Port Adelaide is something that will impact so many people – family and friends, but also the entire police family and indeed the wider community,’ South Australia Police Association president Mark Carroll said.
‘Our colleague’s death will be investigated so that we can understand the cause of this devastating incident.
The state’s Police Minister Joe Szakacs also shared his grief in a statement.
‘My heartfelt condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer,’ Mr Szakacs said.
‘Her tragic passing will be felt deeply, and grieved widely. I ask everyone to keep the police family in their thoughts.’
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