Re­mem­brance Day hon­ours fallen of­fi­cers

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Tim Ed­munds

Great South­ern po­lice of­fi­cers stopped and paid their re­spects to col­leagues killed in the line of duty, while the role of cur­rent po­lice of­fi­cers was also praised dur­ing a mov­ing Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day in Al­bany on Fri­day.

Three of­fi­cers in the Great South­ern are among 85 serv­ing of­fi­cers in the WA Po­lice force who have lost their lives since 1834.

The most re­cent WA po­lice of­fi­cer to lose their life was First Class Con­sta­ble Den­nis Green who trag­i­cally died in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in West Toodyay in De­cem­ber.

The re­gion’s last of­fi­cer to lose his life was Den­mark-raised De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Charles Scott, 39, who was killed in an air­craft crash in Way­chinicup in March 1996, while con­duct­ing a drug sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tion.

Con­sta­ble Colin Cu­sack, 27, was shot in the head in 1968 in Spencer Park, and 11 years later, Mt Barker First Class Con­sta­ble Wil­liam Pense was mur­dered by Don­ald Parre in South Stir­ling.

Since 1989, Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day has been held on, or near, Septem­ber 29 of each year.

Pic­tures: Tim Ed­munds

Al­bany po­lice of­fi­cers re­flect on fallen col­leagues.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Ian Clarke ad­dresses the crowd.

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