Each year, the 29th 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 to honour officers whose lives have been cut short 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.
Please note that National Police Remembrance Day is traditionally observed on 29 September. As 29 September 2013 falls on a weekend, National Police Remembrance Day and all related services will be held on Friday, 27 September 2013.
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 Commissioner’s Conference.
This is National Missing Persons Week. Why do people go missing? – reasons could include abduction, murder, domestic violence, misadventure, miscommunication, mental illness and of course dementia-related illnesses.
People with a mental illness are more at risk of going missing. Do you know what signs to look out for?
National Missing Persons Week | 28 July – 3 August 2013