Across Australia police paused on Police Remembrance Day to honour their colleagues killed on the job.
Queensland’s top officers urged the public never to take those in uniform for granted.
Jacinta Lal reports.
An army of blue and white brought together at 9am to pay tribute to their fallen comrades.
They marched in respect through the CBD to City Hall.
Inside family and friends witnessed a moving ceremony with images of the most recent victims.
And moving words from the police commissioner.
Ian Stewart, Qld Police Commissioner: “I want to thank the support of both the government and the community on a daily basis, for the way that our officers go about their work. We can’t do it without your support.”
This lady has attended each service here in Brisbane since her police husband died in 1963.
Gwen Bagley, Widow: “Even though it’s 51 years, it’s like yesterday and I, to me.”
When every officer joins the Queensland Police Service, they swear an oath to serve and protect. Sadly this can be at the risk of their own life.
In all, 140 Queensland police officers have died in the line of duty.
Today’s ceremony comes as Queensland police remain on heightened alert in the face of terrorism.
Ian Stewart, Qld Police Commissioner: “We will hunt you down and we will take whatever lawful action that we can.”
Jacinta Lal, QUT News.