Police honour their fallen
FALLEN police officers were remembered at Emerald yesterday.
The day of reflection was marked with a march and a service held at St Patrick's Church.
Police officers from all Central Highlands stations were in attendance to remember the officers who committed their lives to the safety and security of others.
Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane, who read the honourable mention of police officers and members, said he appreciated the support of the community in attendance.
"It means a lot to us to see members of the community here to remember officers who have sacrificed their lives in service,” he said.
Sen Sgt McFarlane said it was the most important day on the calendar for police.
"It is always a moving time for us,” he said.
"Many of the officers know some of those who have died, so it always emotional.
"It also brings home how dangerous the job is and how the unexpected can happen quickly.”
Country Patrol Group Inspector David Peff, who read the police commissioner's address, said the day was especially personal for him.
"I have personally worked with some of the officers who have died on duty,” he said.
Insp Peff said the day was a stark reminder that policing was an inherently dangerous job.
"It is also a day that highlights the community can feel safe as officers are prepared to make the highest level of sacrifice to ensure the public's safety,” he said.
National Police Remembrance Day
- Pays tribute to officers killed on duty.
- A day of commemoration where the community can reflect and remember those officers who have been killed on duty serving their Australian and South West Pacific communities.
- Since National Police Remembrance Day in 2015, there have been three police employees from all Australia jurisdictions and the jurisdictions of the South West Pacific region killed in the line of duty.