Police remember fallen colleaguesNational Police Remembrance Day was marked by each State and Territory on Friday with officers paying tribute to comrades who had lost their lives while on duty.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) held a dusk service at the National Police Memorial in King’s Park, Canberra where the names of two officers were added to the memorial’s wall.
Detective Inspector Bryson Charles Anderson of the NSW Police Force was fatally stabbed at a siege in Oakville on 6 December 2012 and Constable Casey Blain of the Queensland Police Service died from injuries he sustained during a single vehicle crash on 29 March 2013 at Routh Creek, Georgetown.
The National Police Memorial was completed in 2006 and honours all Australian police killed on duty since 1803. It now carries the names of 756 police officers.
ACT Chief Police Officer, Rudi Lammers said National Police Remembrance Day was a significant occasion in the lives of every police officer, past and present.
“In addition to recognising the ultimate sacrifice our fallen officers have made, it is vital we do everything we can to support the loved ones they leave behind,” Mr Lammers said.
“Their memory will also serve as a reminder of the members’ commitment to protecting the community by making the ultimate sacrifice in upholding the law and providing a secure environment.”
Edition 381, 1 October 2013 2013