Police Remembrance Day
Tomorrow, Police staff and others will be wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect. Police Remembrance Day falls on the 29th September, the feast day of the Archangel Michael, patron saint of police.
With three officers killed on duty in the last three years, observance of the occasion has been growing rapidly.
“The killings of Senior Constable Len Snee, Sergeant Derek Wootton and Sergeant Don Wilkinson all within a relatively short period have been sobering reminders that even seemingly routine police tasks can quickly become life-threatening situations,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.
“Those officers made the ultimate sacrifice to the society they swore to defend.
“Police go to work every day knowing their job is dangerous, but also firm in the belief it is job that must be done. The tragic deaths in recent years have brought the potential risk into stark focus, but also steeled the determination amongst our police to honour the memory of those who have given their lives, through their own service,” Mr O’Connor said.
The Police Remembrance Pin, introduced in 2007 by the Police Association in partnership with Police, has also been embraced across Police as a way for people to show their remembrance.
“Wearing the Police Remembrance Pin on Remembrance Day is a sign of respect for those who have lost their lives in service to society.
“The growing observance of Police Remembrance Day, similar to the resurgence in the recognition of Anzac Day, is both heartening and humbling. Police can see the support shown not only by their colleagues, but also by ordinary New Zealanders who are moved to publicly acknowledge the sacrifices others have made for their safety,” Mr O’Connor said.