Each year, the 29th September 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. This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.
National Police Remembrance Day is observed on the feast day of St Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police. St Michael is recognized as an archangel by the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths.
I, along with hundreds of other officers around the country, participated in the ceremony today (Where Police Remembrance Day falls on a weekend, ceremonies are held on the friday before) at the Wall of Remembrance. It was particularly poignant as we mourned the death of Senior Constable David Rixon, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop earlier this year, and we celebrated our 150th anniversary.