Remembering Their Contribution

The Police Association is proud to offer the Employment Relations Professional Development Program in honour of three inspirational Police Association representatives who worked tirelessly for members.

Francis Heaney

Inspector Francis Laurence Heaney sits firmly in the Association’s history books as the first President of The Police Association. Heaney was elected as President on June 27, 1917.

Heaney’s term as President was beset by tragedy when the Inspector died of a heart attack during an Association meeting in October 1917.

However, as our first President and strong advocate of improved pay and conditions for police, Francis Heaney set the foundations for the strong industrial reputation The Police Association enjoys today.    


Phil Edge

A 30-year policing career has ensured Phil Edge a long association with the TPA. In the roles of Association delegate, Executive member, President and Life Member, Edge has demonstrated an unflagging commitment to members’ welfare. 

Phil Edge served on The Police Association Executive for more than 12 years. During that time, from 1985-1987, Edge headed the Executive as Police Association President.

Edge was involved at the very core of Association activity through his duties as a delegate and as the Association’s occupational health and safety and welfare officer from 1986-1994.  


Paul Carr

Paul Carr boasted an esteemed 25-year long career with Victoria Police. As head of the Special Operations Group, Carr undertook a dynamic role within the Force and sought adventure in his private life too as an avid mountain climber. Tragically, Carr’s life was cut short during a charity climb of Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Carr was a dedicated member of The Police Association Executive in which he served as Treasurer. He made a significant contribution to the Association’s campaigns including promoting increased police resources.

Former President and Life Member of the Association Shane Butler said Carr was “…a dynamic individual who had the whole membership at heart. If he believed in a particular cause, he would champion it. He represented everyone equally, whether the person was a Constable or a highly ranked officer.”