National Police Remembrance Day

The National Police Memorial in Canberra will this evening host police from across Australia to recognise those who have lost their lives in the service of their communities.

The 12th annual service at the memorial on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin will see the total number of names added to the honour wall grow by 13.

A touchstone will be added to the wall to commemorate the loss of WA Police First Class Constable Dennis Michael Green, who died in a motorcycle accident while training with colleagues on 7 December 2017.

An additional 12 officers will be retrospectively added to the wall, following research into their deaths between 1835 and 2004.

Since 1803, 789 members of Australian policing organisations have died on duty or as a result of their duties.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said National Police Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion for Australia’s policing community, and welcomes Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove as a guest at tonight’s service.

“Today we stand united with former and current members of Australia’s policing organisations to honour the 789 names on the National Police Memorial,” he said.

“Every day in policing is unpredictable, with new and unexpected risks and dangers.

“It remains important that we take the time to reflect on these demands and remember the ultimate sacrifice our fallen colleagues have made in their duties to serve and protect our communities.”

The ceremony will begin with a march across the Kings Avenue Bridge by representatives of Australia’s policing organisations.

The community is welcome to attend the service today at 4.30pm at the National Police Memorial in Kings Park, Canberra. Details of National Police Remembrance Day events across Australia are available at www.npm.org.au

National Police Remembrance Day is commonly recognised every year on 29 September, but as this year it falls on a weekend the march and ceremony will take place today (Friday, 28 September 2018).  

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