Officers remembered

QUEENSLAND Police Service members, family, friends and the community are invited to pay their respects to fallen police officers at a memorial service tomorrow.

Acting officer-in-charge sergeant Kevin Ongheen encouraged people from the community to attend the memorial service which will be held at the St Patrick's Catholic Church from 10am.

"Everyone's presence is welcome and appreciated," he said.

"National Police Remembrance Day is a very important day for police officers across the country as it is an opportunity for police and communities to reflect on officers who have died in the line of duty while serving Queensland."

National Police Remembrance Day pays tribute to the 139 officers who have died while recognising the bravery, diligence and commitment of all officers, both past and present.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said police officers often worked in difficult and dangerous circumstances.

"It is not possible however to provide for the safety and security of the community without at times officers putting their own safety at risk," Commissioner Atkinson said.

"A police officer's job is also one where they experience the best and worst of humanity, across all areas of this diverse state.

"Since last year's ceremony, all of us in the service and the extended police family have been deeply saddened by the two deaths on duty within the QPS and the impact this will continue to have on their young families," he said of the deaths of Sergeant Daniel Stiller in December and detective senior constable Damian Leeding in June.

"During these sad incidents, we saw and are very grateful for the great support from the Queensland community." Blue ribbons are available from any police station for a small donation and the proceeds will go towards charities, Queensland Police Legacy and Community Supporting Police.


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