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


Benjamin RATTY


07 October 1826


New South Wales


On the night of the 23 September 1826 Constable Ratty was shot by bushrangers at Parramatta. He died of his wounds a fortnight later. A public subscription provided funds for the funeral, coffin and headstone at the old St Johns Cemetery Parramatta. Further details are unknown. The constable was stationed at Parramatta and at the time of his death had been a constable at that location for 7 years.


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 service information – 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