Police remember slain colleagues
Slain and fallen police officers were honoured at a remembrance day service parade at the Alexandra police station on Monday. About 18 police officers and staff from Alexandra, Cromwell, Ranfurly, Omakau and Roxburgh attended the service and paid their respects to officers killed in the line of duty and active officers who had died during the past year. A national commemoration service was held at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua to mark the event and other services were held at stations across the country. Central Otago sub area commander Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said: ‘‘We believe it’s practically import- ant to remember our fallen.’’ Eighty-one serving and former staff members were remembered at this year’s national service. Their names, and not just those from Central Otago, were read out during the Alexandra service as many Central Otago officers had worked across New Zealand and knew those who had died, Mr Kerrisk said. Senior Constable Peter Morris Umbers was among the names read. Mr Umbers was killed on May 27, 1990, near Ranfurly after stopping a robbery suspect. Iwi liaison officer Constable Lance Davies, of Roxburgh, held a karakia for the service and Senior Constable Garry Milford, who is also a pastor, read the final prayer. The New Zealand flag was flown at half-mast.