POLICE across the country will stop on Friday, September 29 and remember the sacrifice of colleagues killed in the line of duty.
September 29, Police Remembrance Day, holds a special significance for police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.
It is a day for police to pause to honour officers whose lives have been cut short while performing their duty as a police officer.
It is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.
In Chifley LAC, police will come together for a service at All Saints’ Cathedral beginning at 11am. Morning tea will follow.
Police Remembrance Day is a poignant event in Bathurst, which lost one of its own, Sergeant Paul Quinn, killed 31 years ago at Perthville.
Sgt Quinn was just 25 when he was shot dead by Patrick Horan on March 30, 1986.
Horan had not been taking his medication when his mother called police about his erratic and violent behaviour. One of the officers to respond to the call was Constable Quinn, then 25 and on duty at Bathurst for only his fifth shift since being transferred from Casino, to be near his parents.
After a pursuit that ended 10 kilometres south of Bathurst at Perthville, Constable Quinn got out of his car and ran towards Horan, who shot him in the left clavicle with a .303-calibre rifle.
Three memorials in Sergeant Quinn’s honour have since been erected: a plinth at Perthville, one at Bathurst Police Station and the third at the National Memorial in Canberra.
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP to Kathryn Forbes on 6332 8699.