Peter Grahame John Kidd joined the Queensland Police Service as a Constable on 29 April 1977. He served at the Traffic Branch from Banyo Police Station, Brisbane Mobile Patrols and as a member of the Brisbane Task Force and Tactical Response Group.
Tasked with implementing a search warrant on the morning of 29 July 1987, to recapture a Long Bay Jail escapee, members of the Tactical Response Group raided a house at Virginia. Paul Mullin had scaled the walls of the Sydney correctional centre nine years before, was still on the run and responsible for numerous armed hold-ups. He was well equipped with firearms and classed as extremely dangerous to the public and police.
Senior Constable Kidd was the first policeman to enter the house where he led an assault team through the living area, into the hallway and towards the main bedroom. Without warning, Mullin fired shots through the bedroom door, striking the Senior Constable who continued to push through the door and enter rather than take cover, and returned fired at the offender. The offender continued to shoot at the policemen, severely wounding another Group member, Constable Stephen Grant, before being shot dead. Senior Constable Kidd then collapsed and later died in hospital.
Hundreds of sworn and unsworn members of the Queensland Police Service paid their respects by joining the funeral procession on 31 July 1987, led by Police Motorcyclists and the Police Pipes and Drums. By his actions Senior Constable Kidd displayed conspicuous courage. He was posthumously awarded the Star of Courage, accepted by his parents at a ceremony held on 9 August 1989. The policeman was also awarded the Queensland Police Valour Medal for putting his duty before his life.
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