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

Stephen Edward HENRY

YEAR OF DEATH

01 March 1982

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

About 11.30 a.m. Thursday 29 January 1982 Senior Constable Henry was performing a motor cycle patrol along the Hume Highway at Wandong near Seymour when he attempted to intercept a recklessly driven car. Unknown to him the driver an escapee from a Sydney Psychiatric Hospital had stolen the vehicle and had committed many serious offences in Melbourne during the previous two days. As the Senior Constable drew up to the car the driver fired a sawn off .303 calibre rifle at him and the bullet struck the policeman in the head. Although mortally wounded Senior Constable Henry attempted to use his radio to alert his colleagues. Soon after the offender was intercepted by other police after a brief gun fight. Senior Constable Henry died on the morning of March 1 1982 without regaining consciousness.

On this day

Senior Constable

Frederick Edward JONES

YEAR OF DEATH

01 March 1943

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

About 8.20 p.m. Monday 1 March 1943 Senior Constable Jones was shot dead whilst standing at the intersection of Church Street and Bridge Road Richmond. The murderer Norman Morris Searle had fired from a passing taxi cab in which he was a passenger. Searle was arrested later the same night and charged with the murder of the Constable and with shooting at the cab driver. It was alleged he confessed to shooting Jones by mistake and in fact had meant to murder another Constable against whom he held a grudge. He denied this at his trial claiming he had been under the influence of alcohol and could not recall the incident. He was convicted of murder at the Melbourne Supreme Court and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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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