Each year, 29 September holds a special significance for police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. It is a day for police to pause and honour officers whose lives have been lost while performing their duty as a police officer.
This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.National Police Remembrance Day is observed on the feast day for Saint Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Police. St Michael is recognised as an archangel by the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths.
National Police Remembrance Day was first held on 29 September 1989, as a result of a joint decision at the 1988 Australasia and South West Pacific Region Commissioners’ Conference.NSW Police Force Wall of Remembrance
In February 1999, the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Bob Carr MP, announced the NSW State Government would fund the construction of a memorial to honour the memory of police officers who died serving the NSW community.On 5 December 1999, Mr Carr officially unveiled the Wall of Remembrance, which is located on the eastern side of the NSW Art Gallery on Art Gallery Road, in Sydney’s Domain.
The names of NSW Police Force officers who lost their lives while they were performing police duties are etched in the memorial’s wall.