Each year, the 29th September holds a special significance for Police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. It is a day for police to pause to honour officers whose lives have been cut short while performing their duty as a police officer. This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.
National Police Remembrance Day
29 September 2016
Services will be held across the country today to mark National Police Remembrance Day, an annual event that honours police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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.
Since the inception of the NSW Police Force in 1862, 254 members of the NSW Police Force have died in the line duty.
NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione will join hundreds of officers at the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance in The Domain this morning (Thursday 29 September 2016), for a service to commemorate fallen colleagues.
NSW Premier Mike Baird, Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, Troy Grant, The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley, AO, Administrator of the State, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Michael Daley, 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 while serving the community of NSW,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“It is with great sorrow that we pause to remember two of our beloved policing colleagues; Curtis Cheng and Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson.
“Today is about honouring the legacy they leave behind and standing in solidarity with their loved ones who have joined the policing family to mark this solemn occasion,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“The tragedy of their passing is a sober reminder of the continued dangers that thousands of brave men and women face each day in service to the community, where there’s no way of knowing what potential risk they may face.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Cheng and Richardson families; today we honour the memory of their loved ones and reflect on the dedicated service and bravery of all police officers,” Commissioner Scipione said.
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.
- Services (PDF)
- Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Ribbon Flyer (PDF)
- A3 Poster (PDF)