Police Remembrance Day is on September 29

Remembrance 2016: Senior Constable Ruth Handley lights candles as Sergeant Stephen Thompson reads the honour roll. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Remembrance 2016: Senior Constable Ruth Handley lights candles as Sergeant Stephen Thompson reads the honour roll. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

POLICE across the country will stop on Friday, September 29 and remember the sacrifice of colleagues killed in the line of duty.

Police Remembrance Day, 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. 

It is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.

In Orana Local Area Command, police will come together for a service at St Brigid’s Church in Brisbane Street on September 29.

At the 2016 Dubbo Police Remembrance Day, officers and community members commemorated a colleague who served in the city before he lost his life performing his duties in the Hunter.

Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson, 43, had previously been stationed at Cobar

He was killed in a car crash while responding to an emergency in the Hunter Valley.

Police and community members also remembered police accountant Curtis Cheng who was gunned down as he left work at Parramatta in 2016.

Candles were lit in honour of the two men at a commemoration of all fallen officers at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Western region commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie said it was important the community came together to show respect for all serving members who had died and their families.

“While we’re here, our trucks are out there attending jobs, our police are going to situations right now, putting their lives in harm’s way, and we have to remember that as a community and thank those people,” Mr McKechnie said.

Commander of the Orana area Superintendent David Simmons said police and the community also remembered the families left behind and the anguish they suffered.

He said the fallen officers remained in thoughts and hearts.

“It’s our duty to ensure their courage. . . (is) never forgotten,” he said.