A service in honour of National Police Remembrance Day will be held at the South Australia Police Academy at Taperoo today.
Hosted by SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, the service is held in memory of police officers killed in the performance of their duty in the region.
The service will take place at 11am at the South Australia Police ‘Wall of Remembrance’ – located at the Police Academy, in memory of the past 61 fallen SA police officers. The ceremony will also pay tribute to the 30 year anniversary of the death of Senior Constable Gordon James Loft who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our community whilst performing road traffic duties in Athelstone, SA in 1991.We remember all those who suffered the same and acknowledge the impact on family, friends, colleague and our community.
National Police Remembrance Day was first held in 1989.Commemorated annually on 29 September, the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police, National Police Remembrance Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the dangers of the policing profession, reflect upon the sacrifices made by dedicated officers and focus on the challenges that lie ahead.
Special guests invited to the ceremony include the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia Her Excellency Professor Brenda Wilson AM, Hon Vincent Tarzia MP, Minister Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and representatives from defence, government, emergency services and support agencies.
The Australian Federal Police is holding a ceremony at 1:30pm which will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting https://vimeo.com/event/1253666.
A number of venues across the City will be lit in blue and white chequered on the evening of 29 September as show of support and acknowledgement of this day. These locations are:
- Adelaide Oval,
- Adelaide Town Hall
- Burnside Village
- Royal Adelaide Hospital
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
- University of SA, City West campus
- Riverbank Bridge
- Adelaide Festival Theatre
- Adelaide Entertainment Centre
- Coopers Stadium
- Adelaide Convention Centre
- Adelaide Casino
- Parliament House
SAPOL encourages the community and members of the public to also ‘light the state blue’ in their own reflective way, honouring this day and those who lost their lives protecting others.