It was a national day of commemoration today for police officers who have died in the line of duty. In Brisbane, there was a solemn street march before a memorial service.

Louis Jennings reports.


A sea of blue and white gathered at police headquarters in Roma Street.

Shortly after 9-AM police on foot… some with dogs… others mounted on horses, or riding motor bikes… headed towards the city centre.

It was an emotional walk.

Vox 1: “I get a bit nervous because I don’t like these things, they make me sad.”

Vox 2: “It’s all about remembering the people who have gone before us.”

Inside the Albert Street Uniting Church.. tributes to those who lost their lives on the job.

Ian Stewart, QLD Police Commissioner: “At times, fate and circumstances will conspire, resulting in the serious injury or the tragic death of an officer.”

Speakers acknowledged the dedication and bravery of past, present and future policemen and women.

This year a historical review of police records resulted in three names being added to the Queensland Police Service honour roll, more than a century after their deaths.

For some, today opened old wounds.

Etienne Coetzee, Qld Police: “Personally being affected by Brett Irwin that was in my team, and tragically pssed away due to duty of service, so a very emotional day for us all.”

In all 143 Queensland police officers have died performing their duties.

Louis Jennings, QUT News.