A prayer for the fallen
National Police Remembrance Day will be observed in all Australian police jurisdictions tomorrow.
An invitation is extended to current and former members of police organisations and the general public to attend Australia-wide services to honour those police who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
On behalf of Superintendent Allan Adams, I invite you to attend the Kimberley District Police Complex National Police Remembrance Day service, which will held at Bedford Park tomorrow at 3.30pm.
In honour of those members who have fallen in the line of duty, it is fitting for me to share with you the poem, often referred to as the Policeman’s Prayer, that is read aloud on this day by police agencies around the world.
The original author is unknown but it is certainly an emotional ode cherished by those who have lost a family member, friend or colleague in law enforcement: The Final Inspection The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
“Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t, Because those of us who carry badges Can’t always be a saint. I‘ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was rough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough. But I never took a penny, That wasn’t mine to keep. . . Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears. I know I don’t deserve a place Among the people here. They never wanted me around Except to calm their fear. If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t . . . I’ll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
“Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell.”
Senior Sergeant Les Andrews is the Officer in Charge at Broome Police Station.
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