Police Remembrance Day
Thursday was National Police Remembrance Day, where we paused to remember the 254 NSW Police Force employees who have lost their lives and are named on the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance.
Sadly this year we added two names to the wall: Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson, who was killed in a collision while on duty in Maitland on 5 March 2016; and Curtis Cheng, a police accountant who was murdered in a terrorist act in front of Parramatta Police Headquarters on 2 October 2015.
These two men dedicated their lives to the service of others and today is a sombre occasion to remember them and their sacrifice, and that of all the men and women who have fallen before them.
Every time an officer puts on a uniform and leaves their home and their family, they don’t know what they will face that day or if they will return home safely.
We live in a world where there are very real and present threats every day. We must never take for granted the sacrifice the men and women of the NSW Police Force make every day to protect us from danger and harm.
On National Police Remembrance Day we honour them and give our thanks to those men and women who keep us safe, and offer our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the state’s fallen.