- Publicly acknowledging the sacrifice made by our officers in the service of their community
- Honouring our fallen officers and their families
The mother of a Perth policeman killed in the line of duty will today light the Flame of Remembrance for National Police Remembrance Day.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Constable Peter Stephen Ball who was struck and killed by a passing vehicle, while arresting a suspected car thief in Cannington.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts today paid her respects to the 85 Western Australian officers who since 1834 have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The ceremony at the Joondalup Police Academy is one of many repeated at cities and regional centres around the country.
National Police Remembrance Day is an opportunity to publicly remember officers and reflect on the sacrifice they have made in serving the community.
Without our officers on the frontline, we would not have the comfort of knowing that there is a ready response in times of need.
As noted by Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
“The people of this State ask our police to do a great deal. They go to terrible scenes, see things that most people could not bear to see and fight battles that most people could not fight.
“And every day they put their lives on the line.
“Today, we pause to honour and remember all those who have lost their lives and those who have been left behind.
“Because while our fallen officers have made the ultimate sacrifice, their loved ones have also paid a price.
“Their sacrifice is one that lingers.
“This Government thanks them for what they have endured and continue to bear as part of the cost of making our State a safer place to live.”