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

Detective Sergeant 2nd Class



29 January 1984


Northern Territory


Ian Bradford joined the Northern Territory Police on 19 February 1973 and served in Darwin and Alyangula Groote Eylandt. Sergeant Bradford was a passenger in a CIB vehicle which was patrolling the Darwin wharf area just prior to midnight on 28 January 1984. The Wharf was being extended to join up with another section and was incomplete. The vehicle went over the edge between the two wharves. The driver managed to get out of the sinking car and although he dived down several times to try to extricate the passenger Sergeant Bradford was knocked unconscious and drowned inside the police vehicle. Ian Bradford an ex-serviceman was awarded his National Police Medal on 28 November 1979.

On this day


Malroy John McDONALD


29 January 1966




Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday 29 January 1966 Constable McDonald was directing traffic around an injured dog. The animal was lying on the carriageway of Geelong Road Brooklyn outside the Guiding Star Hotel. A motorist swerved to avoid another vehicle and struck McDonald. The Constable suffered severe internal injuries and was rushed to the Footscray and District Hospital where he died.


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