Death rocks police

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By Derek Schlennstedt

Police members in the Dandenongs are mourning the loss of a close friend and colleague from the Belgrave Police Station.

Police are investigating and preparing a report for the coroner following the death of the leading senior constable at the Olinda Police Station on the morning of Friday 9 November.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

The Olinda station was closed over the weekend, following the discovery, but re-opened on Monday 12 November.

It is understood the police officer was not on duty at the time.

The tragedy has rocked the tight-knit police community in the Dandenong Ranges and a colleague said it was a sad loss to the Belgrave and wider policing family.

If any current or former police employees or their immediate families require assistance, they can call a 24-hour welfare service line on 9247 3344.

Members of the community can call Lifeline on 131 114 or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 for help.

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