- Paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their community
Police Minister Michelle Roberts has paid her respects to fallen officers at a National Police Remembrance Day ceremony in Joondalup today.
It was one of dozens of ceremonies held at police stations and memorials across Western Australia, to honour officers killed in the line of duty.
The WA Police Force Honour Roll lists the names of 83 Western Australian officers who since 1834 have made the ultimate sacrifice in the execution of their duties.
Damien Murphy was the last police officer in this State to be killed while serving his community.
Constable Murphy was killed as he tried to stop a speeding car in Craigie.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of his death.
Today, the family of Constable Murphy laid a wreath at the Police Flame of Remembrance, on behalf of all families and friends who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.
The Minister and the Commissioner of Police also laid wreaths at the memorial, as a minute's silence was held at police stations across the State.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"Today is a moment to pause and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their communities.
"We also take the opportunity to reflect on the unselfish dedication, courage and commitment made by our fine police officers every day, to protect us and keep our community safe.
"I want to also recognise the mental and physical scars suffered by current and retired members of the force - Western Australia is a safer and better place because of your service.
"For the families who have lost loved ones in the force, take strength in the knowledge that they will always be remembered."
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