Police pause to remember the fallen

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Albany police officers reflect on fallen colleagues.
Camera IconAlbany police officers reflect on fallen colleagues. Credit: 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 recognised during a moving National Police Remembrance Day in Albany today.

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 Waychinnicup 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.

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

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