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    Tom Croydon 

Tom Croydon

Played by: John Wood
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  • Berserk Button: When someone speaks ill of the mentally handicapped Clancy Freeman.
  • Catchphrase: 'Country policing is all about the people.'
  • Da Chief
  • Eyepatch of Power: And a medical one at that, when Tom becomes a Inspector Javert type and aggressively pursues his wife's murderers.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Tom reaches this during his darker moments after the station bombing and his wife's murder, in particular when he tries to drown Tarni Baxter.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Tom wanted a review team to think Mount Thomas was the crime capital of Australia. Which it pretty much is.
    • Later he would tell a French film maker that a missing police member is not a subject for television. This was about the fourth time this plot was used that year.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In "Fair Crack of the Whip", Jeffrey Walker's character gives his name as "Rowdy Yates". Tom replies. "Sure it's not Dirty Harry Callahan?" before adding that Clint Eastwood played him too. Maggie doesn't get the reference, since it's "before my time", but she does recognise the Rawhide theme from The Blues Brothers when Nick starts singing it. Tom is not impressed, saying that he's "running a kindergarten here."
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "You shot. Doherty's. Dog?!"
  • Rank Up: Becomes a senior sergeant.
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: Tom prefers his subordinates to address him as "Boss" rather than "Sir" or "Sarge".
  • The Vietnam Vet: Tom served in the war with the Australian Army. Most of the suspects/persons of interests encountered by the police are Vietnam War vets who had a hard time integrating back to civilian life.
  • The Vietnam War: Tom served in it and his experiences are part of what makes him the character he is, fiercely loyal to fellow soldiers and traditions such as ANZAC and Remembrance Day. Specific storylines focus on veterans unable to cope with the war, ex soldiers who became bikers rather than cops, Tom's friend shaking his head at the age of a prospective sergeant (father and grandfather fought in Vietnam), a veteran's son who hates him, and another ex soldier who's feral enough to be a suspect in the station bombing.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tom's a big culprit of this where he makes some of the criminals look in the 11th\12th season, and in one episode revolving around the rape and butchering of a young girl his officers risk joining him.
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    Chris Riley 

Chris Riley

Played by: Julie Nihill
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    P. J. Hasham 

P. J. Hasham

Played by: Martin Sacks
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    Maggie Doyle 

Maggie Doyle

Played by: Lisa McCune
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  • Action Girl
  • Fair Cop
  • Fake Defector: As part of an extended story arc.
  • Killed Off for Real: Shot by her brother.
  • Locked in a Freezer: The resolution of Maggie and PJ's UST occurs when they are trapped in a mine collapse, and - thinking they might die - decide to act on their true feelings for one another.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Maggie arrived in Mt. Thomas to be reunited with her academy-mate and ex-boyfriend Wayne, now married to Roz.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In the first season.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Was the only regular female officer for most of the first three seasons.
  • Stereo Fibbing: Inverted in the first episode when Tom introduces Maggie to Wayne. Wayne tells him that they met at the pub last night, at the same time as Maggie tells him they were at the police academy together, and Tom asks, "Well, which is it?" Both are true.
  • Welcome Episode: Maggie's arrival in Mt. Thomas is the focus of the first episode.

    Nick Schultz 

Nick Schultz

Played by: William McInnes
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  • Back Story: Works in traffic because he lost his wife and daughter in a car crash.
  • Berserk Button: References to being a Nazi, being German and his father being one (the fact that his surname is Schultz and that he gets promoted to Sergeant in the fourth season probably doesn't help), and drivers who have or could cause a crash, seeing as he lost his wife and daughter that way.
  • Big Eater: His weight is very much a Running Gag for Tom.
  • Brick Joke: Actor William McInnes revealed how he would always order catering and one time he had fourteen pork rolls, much to the displeasure of his co stars. Five years after he left the role there was an episode where Ben and his basketball team all fell sick after eating pork rolls, a nod to the amusing incident.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When Nick tried out as sergeant and running the station he was considerably worse than his normal prickly behaviour.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In order to help Dash get over her fear of driving he makes her relive the car crash she was in. To help Tom's daughter in the sway of a cult he roars, yells and screams at her about how his wife was brainwashed into turning on her family.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Nick tries this on a pedophile bragging about how evil he is, and again when he roars at a station bombing suspect.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Dr. Zoe Hamilton, eventually leading to their marriage and moving to Richmond.

    Wayne Patterson 

Wayne Patterson

Played by: Grant Bowler
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  • Killed Off for Real: Run over by a criminal.
  • Stereo Fibbing: Inverted in the first episode when Tom introduces Maggie to Wayne. Wayne tells him that they met at the pub last night, at the same time as Maggie tells him they were at the police academy together, and Tom asks, "Well, which is it?" Both are true, but it's obvious to Tom that Wayne is holding something back.
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    Roz Patterson 

Roz Patterson

Played by: Ann Burbrook
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    Adam Cooper 

Adam Cooper

Played by: Damian Walshe-Howling
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    Dash McKinley 

Deirdre 'Dash' McKinley

Played by: Tasma Walton
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    Ben Stewart 

Ben Stewart

Played by: Paul Bishop
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    Jack Lawson 

Jack Lawson

Played by: Rupert Reid
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    Jo Parrish 

Joanna 'Jo' Parrish

Played by: Jane Allsop
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    Tess Gallagher 

Tess Gallagher

Played by: Caroline Craig
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    Evan Jones 

Evan Jones

Played by: Ditch Davey
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  • Completely Missing the Point: In Jonesy's first episode there is drag racing and one of the drivers turns out to have a suspected stolen engine in his car. He claims to have been fitted up and Tess, knowing Jones has just about everything in his personal vehicle, asks is he happens to have a file that she thinks might have been used to remove the serial number. Not knowing what Tess is getting at he tells her no, but he does have an angle grinder.
  • Drowning My Sorrows
  • Fair Cop
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Evan pulls this at times.
    "What have you done? What have you done?"

    Susie Raynor 

Susie Raynor

Played by: Simone McAullay
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  • Action Girl
  • Fair Cop
  • Femme Fatale: Susie goes from Evan to Ben; who had shot her husband, to Evan again to Alex to a victim of a stolen car, in less than a year.

    Amy Fox 

Detective Senior Constable Amy Fox

Played by: Rachel Gordon
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    Kelly O'Rourke 

Kelly O'Rourke

Played by: Samantha Tolj
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    Joss Peroni 

Joss Peroni

Played by: Danny Racco
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    Mark Jacobs 

Mark Jacobs

Played by: Geoff Morrell
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  • Author Avatar: Mark Jacobs was used to comment on issues such as enforcing road laws for revenue raising or politics (such as how one offender being allowed to vote explains the Liberals, and his amusement when a shooting has a picture of Prime Minister John Howard was shot.)

    Alex Kirby 

Alex Kirby

Played by: Charlie Clausen
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    Matt Graham 

Matt Graham

Played by: Matt Holmes
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  • Fair Cop
  • The Stoic: Having joined the police force after the tragedies he witnessed as a soldier in East Timor.

Recurring Characters

A

    Clive Adamson 

Clive Adamson

Played by: Terry Gill


    Sophie Ash 

Sophie Ash

Played by: Stephanie Millar


B

    Gina Belfanti 

Gina Belfanti

Played by: Rachel Blakely


C

    Josh Carmichael 

Doctor Josh Carmichael

Played by: Daniel Fredrikson
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    Mel Carter 

Mel Carter

Played by: Suzi Dougherty


    Charlie Clarke 

Charlie Clarke

Played by: Don Bridges


    Leila Clegg 

Leila Clegg

Played by: Marie Trevor


    Ellis Corby 

Ellis Corby

Played by: Adam May


    Marissa Craddock 

Marissa Craddock

Played by: Heidi Arena


    Anna Croydon 

Anna Croydon

Played by: Alexandra Sangster


    Nell Croydon 

Nell Croydon

Played by: Leigh Morgan


  • The Ghost: Was killed in a car crash towards the end of the first season.

    Susan Croydon 

Susan Croydon

Played by: Beth Buchanan


    Daniel Curtis 

Daniel Curtis

Played by: Kane McNay (2001-03), Abe Forsyth (2004)


    Grace Curtis 

Grace Curtis

Played by: Debra Lawrance


    Nelson Curtis 

Nelson Curtis

Played by: Darcy Bonser


D

    Paul Donald 

Detective Sergeant Paul Donald

Played by: Marcus Eyre


    Celia Donald 

Celia Donald

Played by: Helen Trenos (1994-97), Suzy Cato (2000-01)


    Sally Downie 

Sally Downie

Played by: Catherine Wilkin


    Mick Doyle 

Mick Doyle

Played by: David Field (1995), Terry Serio (1996-00)


    Pat Doyle 

Pat Doyle

Played by: Dennis Miller


    Robbie Doyle 

Robbie Doyle

Played by: David Wenham (1996), Brett Climo (1997-98)


    Monica Draper 

Monica Draper

Played by: Peta Doodson


  • Inspector Javert: Initially came across this way with PJ, but she was consistently more reasonable.

E

    Hilary Edmunds 

Hilary Edmunds

Played by: Jennifer Botica


    Rose Egan 

Senior Constable Rose Egan

Played by: Dale Stevens


F

    Russell Falcon-Price 

Russell Falcon-Price

Played by: Neil Pigot
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  • Glory Hound: The high brass do get concerned about the police image however.
  • Inspector Javert: Falcon-Price was hell-bent with ending the careers of Ben, Tom, anyone who did not fit his mold and closing the station, to the point where he puts Tom up to active duty, knowing he just had cancer surgery and was not up to it.

    Jasmine Farah 

Doctor Jasmine Farah

Played by: Sapidah Kian


    Ted Faulkner 

Inspector Edward 'Ted' Faulkner

Played by: Nick Waters
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    Brad Fingleton 

Brad Fingleton

Played by: Matt Passmore
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    Clancy Freeman 

Clancy Freeman

Played by: Michael Isaacs
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  • Disability Superpower: Clancy was instrumental to solving several cases despite his handicaps, as well as quite likely saving Tom's grandson from brain damage.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed in the station bombing.

    Hayley Fulton 

Hayley Fulton

Played by: Emily Browning
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  • Pac Man Fever: Tess adopts Hailey from a broken home and is so determined to give her a good Christmas she thinks to get her a Nintendo. They are playing Super Mario 64 later and already up to one of the last levels, so either Tess got it second hand, they are the best video game players ever or someone goofed.

G

    Ian Goss 

Senior Constable Ian Goss

Played by: Roy Billing
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    Peter Grantham 

Peter Grantham

Played by: David Glazebrook


H

    Zoe Hamilton 

Zoe Hamilton

Played by: Karen Davitt


  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Nick, eventually leading to their marriage and moving to Richmond.

    Alan Hayes 

Alan 'Compo' Hayes

Played by: Tony Rickards


    Rory Hayes 

Rory Hayes

Played by: Louis Corbett


K

    Siobhan Kennedy 

Siobhan Kennedy

Played by: Rosalind Hammond (1996-97), Marie-Louise Walker (2000-01)
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    Harriet Keppell 

Harriet Keppell

Played by: Beverly Evans


    Tibor Kirenyi 

Dr. Tibor Kirenyi

Played by: Colin Duckworth


L

    Len the barman 

Len the barman

Played by: Axl Taylor


M

    Beth McKinley 

Beth McKinley

Played by: Pauline Terry-Bietz


    Charlie McKinley 

Charlie McKinley

Played by: Kevin Harrington


    David Murray 

David Murray

Played by: Joshua Lawson


N

    Sean Neale 

Sean Neale

Played by: Richard Huggett


    Stacey Norse 

Stacey Norse

Played by: Kate Atkinson


P

    Sasha Peters 

Sasha Peters

Played by: Jane Longhurst


    Merv Poole 

Merv Poole

Played by: Peter Aanensen


    Keith Purvis 

Keith Purvis

Played by: Reg Evans


R

    "Richo" 

"Richo"

Played by: Stuart Baker


    Tim Ryan 

Tim Ryan

Played by: Grant Piro


T

    Robyn Taylor 

Senior Constable Robyn Taylor

Played by: Belinda McClory


    Tony Timms 

Tony Timms

Played by: Jeremy Kewley


W

    Jack Woodley 

Senior Detective Jack Woodley

Played by: Frankie J. Holden


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