Remembering Constable Peter Ball

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The Western Australia Police Force has marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Constable Peter Ball.

On the evening of Thursday 6 August 1998 whilst stationed at Gosnells Police Station, Constable Ball was killed in the process of arresting a suspected car thief on Crawford Street, Cannington.

He and his partner had pursued a stolen motor vehicle and continued the chase on foot when the vehicle was dumped.

While restraining one of the suspects Constable Ball was struck by a passing vehicle, causing life-threatening injuries. He died during surgery in the early hours of Friday 7 August 1998.

Constable Ball sacrificed his life in the line of duty, and he was among the first to be posthumously awarded the Police Star when it was introduced in 2017.

A Police Remembrance Service was held at Gosnells Police Station to commemorate Constable Ball’s service in the WA Police Force and reflect on the sacrifices he made in serving the community.

Family members at the service included Constable Ball’s widow Tracey and his 21-year-old daughter Brianna, who was only 18 months old when he died. Brianna was presented with a commemorative photo of her father.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson was among those to speak at the service and lay a wreath, quoting the Gospel of St John (15:13) – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Commissioner Chris Dawson with Peter Ball's family at his remembrance ceremony
Commissioner Chris Dawson with Constable Ball's daughter Brianna and wife Tracey in a moving ceremony at Gosnells Police Station.