Tributes to fallen Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers have been paid during a National Police Remembrance Day candlelight vigil at the Police Memorial in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.
The sombre event, lit by the glow of candlelight, is an honoured tradition on the eve of National Police Remembrance Day.
Police Commissioner, Katarina Carroll said the importance of the QPS coming together to recognise the greatest sacrifice that could be made by its colleagues could not be over-stressed.
“September 29 is a very important date in our calendar to pause, honour and remember, as well as thank those police officers whose lives have been lost in the line of duty,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“Each year I have the same wish, just as you all, that no further names are added to the Police Remembrance Honour Roll.”
She said National Police Remembrance Day not only honoured those who had lost their lives in the line of duty, but also recognised the commitment, dedication and bravery of all past, present and future police officers.
Acting Minister of Police, Mark Furner said he was honoured to continue the tradition of lighting a candle for the eternal memory of fallen officers.
“Since the first QPS officer was killed in the line of duty in 1861, there are now 148 officers whose names appear on the Police Memorial,” Mr Furner said.
“By continuing this tradition, we make it known to these officers and their loved ones that they are not — nor will they ever be — forgotten for their sacrifice.”