National Police Memorial

 

In 2001, it was resolved to establish a National Police Memorial in Canberra.

The Memorial pays tribute to Australian Police Officers who have been killed on duty or have died as a result of their duties since the advent of policing in Australia and to recognise the unique nature of police service and the dangers that police face in their daily pursuits.
The $2.4million memorial was jointly funded by the Australian Government (through the Australian Federal Police), State and Territory Police Services and Police Federation of Australia.

The Memorial was completed and dedicated on 29 September 2006 (National Police Remembrance Day). Following the dedication ceremony, a criteria for future inclusion of names on the National Police Memorial was agreed upon together with a National Police Memorial Co-ordination Committee.

On this day

Senior Constable

Norman James WATT

YEAR OF DEATH

21 July 2000

JURISDICTION

Queensland

DETAILS OF DEATH

At 9.22pm on Thursday 20 July 2000 information was received at the Rockhampton communications room regarding a serious domestic dispute that was taking place on a property at Alton Downs 15kms north-west of Rockhampton. An ex-serviceman named Royce William Cooper (58yrs) had fired three (3) shots at a friend during an argument at the property. Senior Constable Norm Watt the dog squad officer on duty was one of a number of police directed to attend the scene. Officers arrived at the property and immediately placed a cordon around the residence. In the darkness Cooper had exited his house and camouflaged himself amongst bushes in the yard. At a little after midnight Senior Constable Watt and another officer went to view the house from another vantage point. As Senior Constable Watt moved toward the house a shot was heard and Senior Constable Watt fell to the ground. Fellow officers were unable to safely approach their fallen colleague to render assistance as they were unaware of Cooper’s exact location. An armoured vehicle from the Rockhampton correctional Centre was summoned and recovered the body of Senior Constable Watt. The officer was officially pronounced dead at 3.47am. A post mortem examination revealed that the bullet had severed Senior Constable Watt’s femoral artery causing death within minutes of being hit. After a seven hour siege Cooper surrendered to police. He was later charged and convicted of murder in the Rockhampton Supreme Court and sentenced to life imprisonment. Senior Constable Norman James Watt is buried in the Nerimbera Memorial Cemetery Rockhampton.

On this day

First Constable

George William CARTER

YEAR OF DEATH

21 July 1952

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

First Constable George William John Carter, register number 9297, joined Victria Police on 26 July 1938. Carter had a successful police career, ultimately joining the the Mobile Traffic Section and becoming a police motor cycle rider. About 10:00am 28 December, 1949 Carter was on duty riding a police motor cycle south on Malvern Road, Malvern East, approaching the intersection with Winton Road. Winton Road runs east off Malvern Road. At that time George Miller was driving his car north in Malvern Road, attempting to turn right into Winton Road. In doing so, cut in front of Carter’s south bound motorcycle. Carter braked and his motor cycle collided with the front of Miller’s car. Carter was thrown to the road and rendered unconscious. Carter was bedridden from the time of the accident and never returned to work. When Carter was first admitted to hospital he was found to have ‘many severe fractures and other injuries’. The medical report further stated “An immediate operation was performed with plating fractures left radius and ulna and reduction of the elbow dislocation. The ear, which was completely severed, was turned back. Subsequent to the operation, he showed paralysis of the right arm and right leg with tension disturbances of the left side of the body. There was suqsequent re-dislocation of the left elbow with occurrences of myositis ossificaris. The Police Medical Officer, Sir Victor HURLEY, visited Carter at the Alfred Hospital on 4 January 1950 where he consulted with the doctors in charge of Carter’s case. He describes Carter as having been very ill for some weeks and too sick to be moved at this time. On 31 March 1952, Carter was discharges from Victoria Police. On 21 July 1952 Carter died at the Austin Hospital.

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Affiliated events

Remembering mates – Wall to Wall Ride is held in September each year.  Click here for more information.

Please check with your state/territory police organisation for local information of services to be held on 29 September, or click here for more information.

National Police Memorial Australia

  • The National Police Memorial is located in Kings Park on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin adjacent to Queen Elizabeth II Island and the National Carrillion. View in Google maps