Inspector Nelson pays tribute to officers who made sacrifice
AT A moving service yesterday, Inspector Virginia Nelson paid tribute to colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Insp Nelson said the National Police Remembrance Day service was one of the most significant events on the police calendar.
"Those officers have given their lives so that each one of us can have a safe life," she said.
"We honour those officers that have died and also their families who have given the ultimate sacrifice in losing their loved ones who are out there working to keep the community safe."
Insp Nelson said in the 150 years of the Queensland Police Service, 140 officers had been killed on duty.
She said this year's service also commemorated the centenary of World War I and officers who served and did not return home.
"[The service] is also a chance to get together with members of our community who support the work we do and who we work hard to keep safe," Insp Nelson said.
"It's a very unpredictable job ... sometimes people sadly won't come home and that's the nature of policing.
"That's why [this day] is very significant for us."