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Brave act wins national honour

Friday, 14th March, 2008

Local police officer Richard Liston has been awarded a Commendation for Brave Conduct in the annual Australian Bravery Awards honours. Detective Senior Constable Liston was a probationary constable in his first year with the Police Force when on June 2, 1995 he restrained a hostile, armed man at Revesby Railway Station in Sydney. He told BDT he felt honoured by the award.

"I feel honoured and privileged to be recognised by the Australian government." Det. Liston said he was pleased the incident ended as it did."It's good it ended with the outcome it had, it could have been bad. "Something had to be done," he said.

The incident occurred as he was travelling home by train from duty. In his carriage he heard people acting in a disorderly fashion, and approaching the group, identified himself and asked them to show constraint. Some time later, the same people created another disturbance and were requested by rail staff to leave the carriage. Soon after leaving the train, one of the men began shouting threats whilst brandishing a large chef's knife.

The then Constable Liston stepped from the carriage and ordered the man to lower the knife at which point he moved towards him and threatened him. Despite the unpredictable situation, the award citation praises the fact that Det. Liston maintained his composure and attempted to reason with the man. A struggle ensued and the man was disarmed. He attempted to run away but Det. Liston tackled him and restrained him until more police arrived.

"It was not the ideal situation," said Det. Liston. "I was alone and unarmed and I'm pleased I was able to get the result I got with no-one getting hurt."He said it was a significant event in his life, having joined the Police Force that year after a career in the Australian Army. "I believe that experience helped me in this event."

Det. Liston will attend an investiture ceremony in the near future where he will be presented his insignia for the award.

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