National Police Remembrance Day: honouring officers lost in the line of duty

Police officers and their families will gather at services around the country today, to mark National Police Remembrance Day.

A service will be held at the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance in the Domain, to honour the 275 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Acting NSW Police Commissioner, Dave Hudson APM, Lieutenant-Governor of NSW, His Excellency the Honourable Andrew Bell, Premier of NSW, the Honourable Christopher Minns MP, Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism, the Honourable Yasmin Catley MP and other distinguished guests will attend the service.

Acting Commissioner Hudson said today’s ceremony is an important day for police across Australia and the Pacific region.

“Each year on 29 September, we pause to remember these officers for their courage and selfless dedication to protecting the community,” Acting Commissioner Hudson said.

“We also pay our respects to the families, friends and colleagues left behind, who will forever mourn the loss of their loved one.

“Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Premier Minns said National Police Remembrance Day is a reminder to the entire community of the dangers police officers face every day.

“We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude and we pay tribute to all the officers we have lost.”

“Today is not only about honouring the officers who have died but also showing our support to all serving officers. We thank you for your commitment to serve our community,” Mr Minns said.

Minister Catley said today is a sombre day for the entire police family.

“We can never forget those who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty,” Ms Catley said.

“Our thoughts go out to the grieving families of our fallen officers. The scale of their loss is difficult to conceive but the NSW Police family is there to support them.”

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