Services will be held across the country today for National Police Remembrance Day to honour police officers who have lost their lives.
National Police Remembrance Day falls on the 29th day of September each year and affords police forces within Australasia the opportunity to honour officers who have sacrificed their lives in the course of their duties.
The day also provides a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.
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Since the inception of the NSW Police Force in 1862, 252 police officers have died in the line duty.
NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione will join hundreds of officers at the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance in The Domain this morning (Tuesday 29 September 2015), for a service to commemorate fallen colleagues.
NSW Governor Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Ret’d), NSW Premier Mike Baird, Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, Troy Grant, The Leader of the Opposition, Luke Foley, and other distinguished guests will also join Commissioner Scipione at the service.
Commissioner Scipione said National Police Remembrance Day is a time for everyone in the policing family to come together and honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“National Police Remembrance Day is about recognising the incredible courage of those officers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“Each day thousands of brave men and women risk their lives in service to the community and there’s no way of knowing what potential adversity they may face.
“Today is about honouring that bravery and reflecting on the dedicated service of all police officers,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“As we honour their sacrifice, our thoughts are with those families who have lost a loved one – they will never be forgotten.”
The service at The Domain, which will commence at 9am, will include a police march, reflection presentation and prayers.
A national service will be held later today at the National Police Memorial in Canberra, which was officially opened on 29 September 2006.