Community commemorate National Police Remembrance Day

Remembering the fallen: Collie Police commemorated National Police Remembrance Day on Saturday, September 29. Photo: Ashley Bolt.
Remembering the fallen: Collie Police commemorated National Police Remembrance Day on Saturday, September 29. Photo: Ashley Bolt.

The Collie community came together on Saturday, September 29 to remember all the police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

To commemorate National Police Remembrance Day, the Collie Police Station held a ceremony, where the names of all WA Police and Australian Federal Police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice were read out.

Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar said it was great to see the support from the community, with a strong attendance on the day.

“It was a really good event, thank you to everyone who came out,” he said.

“We only had two officers on duty that day, so to see so many come in on their day off was great.”

Senior Sergeant Soutar said the Collie Police Station were also using the occasion to remember Sergeants Thomas Healy and Elliott Watt, who, although not included in the honour roll, were stationed in Collie at the time of their passing.

The ceremony was followed by a morning tea for the community, which Senior Sergeant Soutar said had been generously provided by the families of Collie’s police officers.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said it was important to acknowledge the importance of police.

“The people of this state ask our police to do a great deal,” she said.

“They go to terrible scenes, see things that most people could not bear to see and fight battles that most people could not fight.

“And every day they put their lives on the line.

“This government thanks them for what they have endured and continue to bear as part of the cost of making our state a safer place to live.”