Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson APM will join with the Queensland community to pay tribute to the 139 fallen Queensland Police Service (QPS) Officers on National Police Remembrance Day, Saturday 29 September.
In the North Coast Region, commemorations will be held during the week, with candlelight vigils on Thursday 27 September and marches and memorial services on Friday 28 September; where members of the QPS, family, friends and the community will pay their respects to the fallen officers.
Police Commissioner Atkinson highlighted the inherent risks faced by police officers everyday as they provide for the safety and security of Queensland and acknowledged the tireless work of all QPS members, taking into account the diversity of Queensland.
“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as we honour their memories on National Police Remembrance Day,” Commissioner Atkinson said.
“At the beginning of each shift, every officer faces uncertainty as to what may occur. The QPS operates 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year; and we have at least 15,000 interactions with the public every day.
“No matter how experienced, skilled, equipped, or courageous an officer may be, at times fate and circumstances will conspire resulting in the serious injury or tragic death of an officer,” Commissioner Atkinson said.
“During tragic times that we have faced as a Service, we have seen, and are very grateful for the great support of the Queensland community,” he said.
Commissioner Atkinson acknowledged the loss this year to the Rixon family and New South Wales Police Force of the death of Senior Constable David Rixon, 40 years. He was fatally shot on 2 March in Tamworth, NSW.
2012 also holds great significance for the QPS, with the 25th anniversaries of Senior Constable Peter Graham John Kidd’s death in July 1987, Senior Constable Ashley Anderson in June 1987, the 50th anniversary of Constable Douglas Wrembeck in August 1962 and the 50th anniversary of Constable Gregory Olive in February 1962.
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.
The following vigil and services will be held in the North Coast Region:
Candlelight vigils to be held, Thursday 27 September and marches and memorial services on Friday 28 September.
Service: The Uniting Church of Australia, 34 Barolin Street, 10am.
Service: Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 269 Adelaide Street, 10am.
Service: Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Lady Mary Terrace, Gympie, 10am.
Memorial Service: Kumbia Anglican Church, corner Brook Road and Gordon Street, Kumbia, 3pm.
Memorial Service: Stella Maris Catholic Church, Baden Powell Street, Maroochydore, 10am.
Redcliffe and Caboolture:
Service: Saint Laurence Anglican Church, 165 King Street, Caboolture, 2pm