National Police Remembrance Day (NPRD) 2012 was this year celebrated across Australia on Friday 28 September 2012. Services were held in major centres in the Northern Territory.
In Darwin, the Ecumenical service was held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral with Bishop Eugene Hurley officiating.
More than 450 serving and retired NT Police officers, Australian Federal Police officers and Australian Defence Force Service Police marched with the Colours of the NT Police and Australian Federal Police from Darwin City Police Station to the Cathedral. For the first time this year, the senior group of Junior Police Rangers joined the march.
At the Cathedral, more than 1500 Police officers, their families and members of the public joined Her Honour, the Honourable Sally Thomas AO Administrator of the Northern Territory and the Chief Minister, the Honourable Terry Mills MLA, as guests of the Commissioner of Police for the 45 minute service.
This year marks 20 years of Police Auxiliaries in the NT. As a mark of respect to the two NT Police Auxiliaries who have died whilst serving in the past 20 years, the prayers and readings were given by serving Auxiliaries.
Commissioner John McRoberts APM said:
“National Police Remembrance Day is the Police equivalent of Anzac Day. It is a day when all members of the Northern Territory Police both serving and retired, their families and the wider community should pause and reflect on the dangers of Police work and those Northern Territory Police Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The first National Remembrance Day for Police in Australia was held on 29 September 1989.
National Police Remembrance Day was instigated in April 1988 during the Conference of Commissioners of Police of Australasia and the South West Pacific Region. It was unanimously agreed the service would be held on 29 September, the feast day of Saint Michael (the Archangel) Patron Saint of Police.
Today in Australia, National Police Remembrance Day commemorates Police Officers throughout Australasia and the South-West Pacific region, who were killed on duty or who died whilst serving.
Since the foundation of the Northern Territory Police in 1870, nine Northern Territory Police Officers have been killed on duty and 59 have died whilst serving.