Honouring the Fallen

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A police officer with his arm around a woman mourns at the Remembrance Wall

National Police Remembrance Day was again observed around the State on or near September 29. It is the day officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty are remembered.

National Police Remembrance Day was again observed around the State on or near September 29. It is the day officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty are remembered.

Commissioner Chris Dawson and Ms Emily Hamilton MLA Member for Joondalup, representing Minister for Police the Hon Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police officiated at the Police Remembrance Ceremony at the WA Police Academy and honoured the 85 WA Police Officers who have sacrificed their lives in service to the community.

The ceremony also acknowledged the loss of four Victoria Police officers who had their lives abruptly cut short in a horrific traffic crash in Kew on 22 April this year, sending shock waves throughout the entire nation and the ‘Blue Family’ in particular.

This year, for the first time, additional seating and large television screens were set up between the accommodation blocks to better facilitate physical distancing among attendees.   

Volunteers from the WA Police Historical Society and the Country Women’s Association knitted and crocheted blue, white and khaki flowers especially for display at the WA Police Academy on Police Remembrance Day. 

They formed a ‘field of flowers for the fallen’ around the base of the police officer statue located at the WA Police Academy’s main entrance, and individual flowers were able to be placed on the Memorial Wall by family members.

You can watch video highlights of the Joondalup ceremony below.