Dedication to former Cobar police officer Sgt Richardson

Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson’s widow Margaret with two of her husband’s work
colleagues Sergeant Ian Allwood Police Association of NSW Executive (Northern Region) and Tony King (PANSW President) at last weeks dedication. ▪ Photo contributed

Former Cobar Police officer, Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson, who was killed in the line of duty on March 5, 2016, was honoured on Friday with the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District multi-purpose training room named in his honour.

During his 18-year policing career, ‘Richo’ and his wife Margaret were stationed in Cobar between 2005 and 2010.

Both were heavily involved in a number of local community groups and sporting organisations in their almost five years of living in Cobar.

After leaving Cobar, Senior Constable Richardson was promoted to Sergeant and, at the time of his death was serving as part of the Port Stephens Local Command.

He was killed in 2016 when the police car he was driving crashed into a tree in Allandale.

At the time, Sergeant Richardson had been driving to assist colleagues who were involved in a pursuit.

Richo was the recipient of numerous police awards including a Region Commander’s Commendation for Bravery and a posthumous Commissioner’s Commendation for Service.

On the 5th anniversary of his passing last Friday, Sergeant Richardson was remembered by his final command with the station’s multi-purpose training room being named in his honour.

Among those in attendance at Friday’s dedication ceremony were wife Margaret and sons Patrick and Aiden along with some of Richo’s former Cobar work colleagues and friends.