Police Remembrance Day: NSW, ACT Police Gather At National Memorial To Remember Fallen Colleagues

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New South Wales and ACT police will gather in Canberra today as part of Police Remembrance Day to reflect on colleagues who have been killed on duty.

A dawn service has already been held at Queanbeyan this morning and a service will be held at the National Police Memorial in Kings Park in Canberra this afternoon.

No police officers have died in the line of duty in Australia over the past 12 months, but today’s focus will be on five officers lost in Papua New Guinea and on past fallen colleagues.

ACT Chief Police Officer (CPO) Rudi Lammers said it was an important day for reflection.

“It is a day when we gather to remember, reflect and honour those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty,” CPO Lammers said.

“We remember our past fallen colleagues, whose names are on the wall of remembrance, for the commitment and sacrifice they made.

“We support also our colleagues in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary who have lost five officers in the last year.”

Queanbeyan Sergeant Paul Batista said Australia was lucky not to have any “touchstones to bless at this year’s ceremony”.

“But we’ll also be remembering our other colleagues who haven’t been killed on duty, who’ve gone by the wayside,” Sergeant Batista said.

Read more at ABC News.

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