ON THE BEAT: Senior Constable Geoff Price has relocated from the Whitsunday region to becomethe newest member of the Eidsvold Police.
ON THE BEAT: Senior Constable Geoff Price has relocated from the Whitsunday region to becomethe newest member of the Eidsvold Police. Mackenzie Colahan

Burnett cop follows in his great grandfather's footsteps

ON A balmy summer night in 1905, Constable Albert George Price became the 14th member of the Queensland Police Service to be killed in the line of duty.

More than a century later, his great grandson, Geoff, follows in his footsteps as the newest member of the Eidsvold Police Station.

Constable Albert Price and his partner, Constable Cameron, were patrolling Mackay's Chinatown district, investigating the illegal supply of liquor.

They suspected a man named Johannes was using a fruit store as a front for his sly grog trade.

Confident they had enough evidence to arrest Johannes, the officers arrived at the Victoria St store at 8.15pm to take him into custody.

The suspect told them he would go quietly but what unfolded next rocked the Queensland Police Service and changed the course of the Price family's lives forever.

 

Constable Albert G. Price.
Mackay Constable Albert George Price was murdered in the line of duty on December 23, 1905. QPS

Suddenly, all hell broke loose and Constable Cameron heard his partner yell "Look out, he's got a knife!"

The warning to his mate were his final words.

Price stumbled outside and collapsed on the footpath. He had been stabbed twice in the chest and within minutes he was dead.

Johannes was convicted of his murder, sentenced to death and hanged at Brisbane's infamous Boggo Road Gaol on May 14, 1906.

Today, three generations on, Senior Constable Geoff Price honours his fallen ancestor's legacy by serving as a Queensland policeman.

After 11 years on the force including a lengthy posting in Airlie Beach, Senior Constable Price, his wife and two young sons have made the move to the North Burnett.

 

The newest addition to the Eidsvold Police force, Senior Constable Geoff Price.
Welcome Senior Constable Price and his family to the North Burnett. Mackenzie Colahan

With his family based in Brisbane and his wife's in Gladstone, Snr Const Price said they agreed to compromise and meet in the middle.

Eidsvold was the perfect fit and he applied for a transfer.

"I've always wanted to work in a small town," he said.

"We chose Eidsvold because it has everything we need. My eldest will start at the school next year.

"I like the idea of a smaller population and the fact the police play a more significant role in the community.

"I like the interactive side of the job. You get to be the middle man.

"You do more than just enforce the law, you're assisting with all kind of issues in the town."

It's only his second week on the job but he said his first impressions of Eidsvold were positive and he's looking forward to making a difference.

 

The newest addition to the Eidsvold Police force, Senior Constable Geoff Price.
Senior Constable Price is looking forward to making a positive difference in Eidsvold. Mackenzie Colahan

"It seems like a nice, close-knit community," Snr Const Price said.

"I want to build a strong relationship with the people and make the community safer, both in town and out on the highway.

"I'm excited to work in a small town. We get ownership and can take a more hands-on approach.

"We can try to nip problems in the bud before they happen.

"But it has to be a two-way street. The community has certain expectations of the police and they have to abide by our expectations of them.

"You have to treat people with the same respect that you would want to be treated with."