National Police Remembrance Day remembers police officers killed

SOLEMN SERVICE: Superintendent Fred Trench, Inspector Matthew Hemsworth and Detective Inspector Ann Joy after the remembrance service.
SOLEMN SERVICE: Superintendent Fred Trench, Inspector Matthew Hemsworth and Detective Inspector Ann Joy after the remembrance service.

Mayor Peter Petty has been successful in bringing New England Local Area Command’s most solemn day to Tenterfield next year, as he participated in this year’s Police Remembrance Day in Armidale on Friday, September 29.

National Police Remembrance Day is when police and other emergency services pause to remember officers killed in the line of duty. Held annually, this year’s service for the New England Command was at Armidale’s Uniting Church. 

“Police officers share a special bond, the joys and triumphs of fighting crime are celebrated by all officers, equally though, when one police officer is hurt all police officers feel that hurt,” Superintendent Fred Trench, Commander of the New England Local Area Command, said at the service.

“And when an officer is killed, something dies within us all,” he said, adding that risk was a constant companion in the job.

“Law enforcement is not just another job, it takes an extraordinary person to be a good police officer, it is a calling that involves an officers entire family and it deserves the respect of every person who enjoys the peace, safety and freedoms that our police provide.

“It is easy to take those freedoms for granted, to forget those, including our police officers, who put their lives on the line everyday to serve them.”

Names were read at the service of officers killed in the last year, along with police officers who have been killed in the past who have now been added to the roll following a change in criteria for NSW officers.

The venue for next year’s service is yet to be determined, but Mayor Petty said it usually involves a pipe band and a short parade which he would love to see led by the local chapter of the Light Horse.