Police Remembrance Day

The Police and I have had a number of run-ins.  A few where I was making a point about name suppression laws needing change where I ended up at the wrong end of the law.  Once when I was entrapped by Ben Rachinger and his police handlers (so not a fan of those individuals), but all the other times to assist them.  Most recently, when I lent them my kayak to go rescue a drunk dolphin lover.  (Why make things up?  My life is interesting enough!)

On the whole, I believe the people that make up our police force are good people that do a thankless task.  They put their lives on the line and their families live with the knowledge that their loved ones could come home with blood on the outside of their bodies – or worse, not come home at all.

Today is Police Rememberance Day.  When we remember and thank those who did dangerous work and came off second best in the line of duty.  The men and women of New Zealand that get up when things go bump in the night so we don’t have to.

The roll call of New Zealand police slain on duty had three historical names added to it in 2016, bringing the total number to 32 police officers killed by a criminal act since records began in 1886.

The Royal NZ Police College and the Police Association have been working together to raise the profile of Police Remembrance Day and embed the occasion in the hearts and minds of police members, and in time, the general public. In the past, unless police members have had the occasion to attend this service, many were unaware that Police Remembrance Day fell on September 29 and some had no idea that there is an official remembrance day at all.

Members of police and their families are encouraged to wear Police Remembrance Pins on Remembrance Day and the days leading up to it. Even if you can’t make it to a memorial service, please take the time to put on a Remembrance Day pin and pause at some stage on 29 September to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the source of their work.

Few people should die because of what job they chose to do.  Yes some people choose a job where it is more likely.   Thank you for your service, and thank you and your families for the ultimate sacrifice in keeping an at times thankless population safer.

We can’t undo the event, but we can remember, honour and respect.

 

Online memorials:

http://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/history/memorial/officers-killed-by-criminal-acts

http://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/history/memorial/officers-staff-who-died-as-a-direct-result-of-duty

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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