Female police officer in her 20s takes her own life

  • Officer found dead in regional Western Australia

A female police officer in her 20s has died after taking her own life in regional Western Australia.

The yet unnamed woman was found dead on Wednesday morning in her home in Albany, 418 kilometers southeast of the capital Perth.

In a statement, the WA Police Union said it was providing support to the officer’s family, colleagues and friends.

“It is with overwhelming sadness that today we mourn the loss of a member of the blue family,” the union said. “A police officer on duty died this morning.

“The WA Police Union extends our sincere condolences to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

In a message to all police officers, Acting WA Police Commissioner Kylie Whiteley said the officer’s death was a tragedy.

“Family members and staff of the Great Southern Police District are being supported at this tragic time,” she wrote.

‘I ask you to reach out if you need help… keep an eye on those around you and offer your personal support where necessary.’

The young officer’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Several WA police officers have committed suicide in recent years Western Australian reported.

In 2019, 53-year-old Senior Constable Dave Curtis took his own life.

Two years later, in mid-2021, two officers, including a sergeant who ran his own station, committed suicide within two weeks of each other.

One of them was officer Cameron Fyfe, who was 27.

This emerged from an inquest into his death in 2023 Const Fyfe hid his mental health problems from his bosses because he feared there would be repercussions for speaking out.

His death, and that of Sergeant Randall Moulden, led then-Police Commissioner Chris Dawson to convene Washington’s first-ever police mental health forum.


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