Police have paid tribute today
to a fallen colleague on the fifth anniversary of the Napier
More than 70 police remembered Senior Constable Len Snee in
Napier - exactly five years to the day since he was killed by
gunman Jan Molenaar during what had started as a routine
house search for cannabis.
Molenaar, 51, holed up in his Chaucer Rd house for 53 hours
before he was found dead by police.
Among those attending today's commemorations were the two
officers shot and seriously wounded during the incident,
Senior Constables Grant Diver and Bruce Miller.
"I can't believe it has been five years since we lost Len,"
Mr Diver said.
"It is so good to see so many people here paying tribute," he
said, adding it was still a difficult time to deal with but
the support of the police "family" was strong.
Police chaplain Andrew Baldwin led the service while one of
Mr Snee's old friends, Dave Coe, regaled the assembled
police, as well as friends and family of Mr Snee, with a
series of colourful tales about him - emphasising how the
"quiet and unassuming" way he went about his policing drew
both respect and results.
Wreaths were laid by Mr Snee's widow Vicki, who had since
re-married, and former Napier Police Inspector Kevin Kalff.
"This was a pretty special day for me," Mr Kalff said.
"It was good to see all these guys here - to catch up and to
remember Len - very special."
Senior Sergeant Mike Stevenson described Mr Snee as "a very
special man who was held in such high regard".
He told of how in the wake of his tragic death local gang
members turned up at the Napier Police Station with flowers,
to express their sympathy.
"Everyone respected Len."
- Hawke's Bay