South Australia: National Police Remembrance Day


National Police Remembrance Day memorial services are held across the state on Tuesday 29 September to honour and remember the 61 dedicated SA Police members and those from other Australasian jurisdictions who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Held annually on the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police, National Police Remembrance Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the dangers of the policing profession, reflect upon the sacrifices made by dedicated officers and focus on the challenges that lie ahead.

First held in 1989, it is one of the most important days on the policing calendar.

In Adelaide the day was marked by a service at the South Australia Police Wall of Remembrance at 11am, Police Academy, Taperoo.

Thankfully, no South Australian police officers have died in the performance of their duties in the last year, however five police officers serving with Australasian police forces have been killed in the line of duty.

Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens addressed the service, which included an honour guard, riderless horse and laying of wreaths.

The service was also attended by a number of dignitaries including His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le, along with families of fallen members and police.

Source: SAPOL.

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