Queensland police have paid tribute to colleagues who died in the line of duty. Hundreds of officers marched through Brisbane and attended a memorial service.

Elizabeth Peel reports.


It’s one of the most important days on the police calendar. Officers marched through city streets to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Family, colleagues and the local community paused to remember the men and women in blue.

Mark Ryan, Minister for Police: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to thank the police for the sacrifices they make everyday.”

The march was followed by a service at Saint Stephen’s cathedral.

In the past 10 years 12 officers have been killed in the line of duty. There are around the 145 officers who have sacrificed their lives to protect the public.

The most recent was Toowoomba’s Senior Constable Brett Forte who died in May.

Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Commissioner: “The time since Brett’s passing has gone really quickly but it doesn’t dull the pain.”

Brett Forte served as a police officer for more than 15 years, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Commissioner: “We will never forget their sacrifice and we will always support the loved ones, the families, the colleagues who have lost so very very much.”

Acknowledging the risks of those who serve to protect.

Elizabeth Peel, QUT News.