No. 1 Ticket Holder
Yarraville Club CC welcomes Charlie Bezzina as No. 1 Ticket Holder
The committee and members of YCCC would like to welcome Charlie aboard as the club’s No. 1 ticket holder for season 2016/2017.
Charlie Bezzina joined Victoria Police as Police Cadet 1972, graduating from the Police Academy a year later and began performing general Police duties until 1978.
He worked as a Detective with Footscray Criminal investigation Branch from 1978 to 1984, and was promoted to Sergeant in 1984.
In 1986, he was transferred to Bureau of Internal Investigations as investigator and surveillance manager and later in the same year transferred to Drug Squad as team leader.
He conducted significant drug purchases as an undercover operative and managed team of detectives in pro-active large scale drug investigations.
He became a member of the Homicide Squad in 1989 and was involved in approximately 150 Homicide Investigations and fatal police shootings, and over 300 investigations into suspicious deaths. He was involved with Police shootings inquiry into high number of fatal police shootings at the time. The cases he was involved with included the murder of heart surgeon Victor Chang and the investigation into serial killer Paul Charles Denyer.
He was promoted to Senior Sergeant 1995 and transferred to the western suburbs to relieve at various police stations and Criminal Investigation Branches before becoming Officer In Charge Westgate District Drug Task Force-Footscray area. He transferred back to Homicide Squad 1997 as team leader.
His investigations of note include:
- The investigation into death of 4 infants in one family originally believed to be SIDS related.
- The underworld murder of Alphonse Gangitano.
- The extradition of homicide offender from Baltimore USA.
- The extradition of two homicide offenders from Vietnam.
- The investigation into society murders of Wales King.
- The investigation into manslaughter of David Hookes.
He transferred to Footscray as Officer In Charge of the Embona Armed Robbery Task Force and retired from Victoria Police Force on the 30th November 2009.
Charlie hase just completed 14 months as Senior Investigations Manager with Greyhound Racing Victoria, having created the Investigations Unit for GRV. He is now consulting to one of Australia’s largest bus companies in regard their Risk management and Security assessment of their assets.