Service unites our brave police force
NATIONAL Police Remembrance Day this year had an added significance - 2014 marks 150 years of policing in Queensland.
The Queensland Police Service began in 1864 with just 287 officers which have grown to around 15,000 today, in the words of Acting Senior Sergeant Shane Reid looking after 1.5 million Queenslanders "from Coolangatta to the Cape".
Around 200 people gathered yesterday at Warwick's St Mary's Church, including representatives of the Warwick Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, alongside State Emergency Service and Crime Stoppers volunteers.
Fr Franco Filipetto said it was difficult to comprehend the situations confronting police on a daily basis.
He called on the community to recall not only those officers who had died while on duty, but also to think of those police who as a result of trauma experienced on duty had found themselves unable to continue in the service.
"We must remember the example of those who gave the gift of their lives in the service of others and care for their families," he said.
"Our police are often seen at their best when working alongside other emergency services, such as in times of national disaster".
Warwick officers who addressed yesterday's service included Acting Inspector Stewart Day, Acting Senior Sergeant Shane Reid, bugler Senior Constable Ian Buckmaster and flag bearers Senior Constables Dave Kingsley and Wendy Tamblyn and Constable Shannon Thomas.