OUR fallen police officers will be remembered in ceremonies across the country today, as part of National Remembrance Day.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, members of the Queensland Police Service and family and friends of QPS officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty will attend a Memorial Service in Brisbane this morning.
The Service will be preceded by a march attended by serving members, retired members, the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, Dog Squad and Mounted Unit.
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Commissioner Stewart acknowleged the risks faced by police officers everyday as part of their line of duty.
“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as we honour their memories on National Police Remembrance Day,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“The QPS operates 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year; and we have at least 15,000 interactions with the public every day, with each police officer swearing an oath to protect and serve the community,” Commissioner Stewart said
“There are times however, when no matter how dedicated, committed and courageous our officers are, they face unbeatable odds.
“Police Remembrance Day not only allows us to pay tribute to such officers but it presents an opportunity to recognise the bravery and dedication of past and present officers,” he added.
This year also marks the anniversary of the deaths of the several police officers.
Among those to be remember will be Coomera Detective Damian Leeding, who was shot during a bungled robbery in Pacific Pines in 2011.