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Police honour fallen comrades on National Police Remembrance Day

8/October/2021
A procession of QPS officers and staff from the Cassowary Coast Patrol Group marched their way up Rankin Street in Innisfail for National Police Remembrance Day

QUEENSLAND Police Officers from the Cassowary Coast Patrol Group and staff marched solemnly up the main street of Innisfail, before a service at the Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, to remember and honour their fallen comrades on National Police Remembrance Day.
 
The service commenced with a procession by pipers, Senior Officers, and flag bearers, Senior Constables Cameron Fell, Jarrod Geesu, and Constable Shaun Nicolaas, and the singing of the Australian National Anthem.

 

Father Kerry Crowley welcomed the congregation and stressed it was an important day on the policing calendar. 

 

This was followed by an opening prayer by Police Chaplain Father Hilary Flynn.

 

Cassowary Coast Patrol Group Acting Inspector Rob Campbell then read the Police Commissioner’s Address on behalf of Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM.

 

Rob Campbell read the Honourable Mention of Police Officers, on behalf of the staff members and serving officers who had died in the past year, and 30 seconds of silence was observed for each. 

 

The Roll of Honour for those killed in Australia and Australasian jurisdictions in the past year was read by Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Cini, Officer in Charge, Innisfail Station, and silence observed.

 

As the Roll of Honour was read out, Senior Constables Belinda Querruel and Shaun Clarke lit the candle as a symbol of the Christian belief in eternal life.

 

The Queensland Police Service acknowledged the contribution and dedicated service of all staff members, former serving and retired officers who had passed away, as well as 10 Australian Police Officers and two in Australasian jurisdictions of Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and New Zealand, who were killed in the line of duty in the past twelve months.

 

This year marks 32 years for National Police Remembrance Day services, which have been held in regional centres throughout Queensland since 1989.

 

National Police Remembrance Day is observed annually in September, as it marks the Feast of Saint Michael (the Archangel), Patron Saint of Police, who was always fighting evil.

 

In the history of the Queensland Police Service, 148 police officers have sacrificed their lives whilst on duty since 1861. 

 

Wreaths and floral tributes were laid by QPS members, community organisations, and members of the public, while the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ was played and an offering was collected to support the work of Police Legacy.

 

In a new tradition, Retired Police Officer Marc Tweedie handed over the Memorial Baton, on behalf of all retired officers, to junior officer Constable Charlotte Pearce, who accepted it on behalf of all current QPS members.

 

It was recently given to the Innisfail Inspector by the Cassowary Coast community and is a symbol of the good will and trust that the community has placed in QPS members.

 

The baton hand-over is a symbol of policing moving to enable society to be protected in each new age.

As Marc Darveniza piped the Lament, Sergeant Rod Stanley recited The Police Ode, before the Sounding of the Requiescat, then a minute’s silence and the final blessing.

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