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Death of former Police Commissioner Bob Walton

Chester Borrows MP
National Party Police Spokesman

18 July 2008

Death of former Police Commissioner Bob Walton

National’s Police spokesman, Chester Borrows, has paid tribute to former Police Commissioner Bob Walton who passed away at home, aged 86, earlier this week.

“Bob Walton was a special breed of police officer. He commanded enormous respect and goodwill among his colleagues who considered him to be a particularly gutsy police officer.

“Bob Walton’s force of personality and strength of character saw him achieve a great deal in his long career. It is a testament to his ability that his stint as Police Commissioner was extended a year during his tenure from 1978 to 1983.”

During Bob Walton’s reign as Commissioner, he oversaw two particularly tumultuous events: the occupation of Bastion Point and the 1981 Springbok Tour.

As a Detective Inspector, Bob Walton led the inquiry into the Bassett Road murders in 1963, and was instrumental in establishing the Armed Offenders Squad. He helped draft the Narcotics Act in 1965.

Mr Walton was also Commissioner at the time of the Thomas Royal Commission into the Crewe murders in 1970.

“Bob Walton was a huge wheel in the police. Many of the significant developments in the police force came about during his time as a senior police officer and Police Commissioner.

“My thoughts are with his wife and family.”


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