Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined officers from the Young Police Station this morning, for a service marking National Police Remembrance Day.
“There are 27 police stations across our Cootamundra electorate, all staffed by men and women who have dedicated themselves to keeping our communities safe,” Ms Cooke said.
“Policing is not an easy task – particularly in rural and regional areas – and every day the officers of our four Police Districts – Riverina Police District, Hume Police District, Murrumbidgee Police District, and Chifley Police District – go above and beyond, to protect us all.
“Most of us will never truly know what it is like, to go to work each day, not knowing what you’ll be confronted with; never knowing if a routine call-out might escalate into something more serious.
“So National Police Remembrance Day is a chance for us all to pause and reflect on this work, and to say thank you to members of the NSW Police Force for their service and their bravery; where would we be without them.”
During the service, Ms Cooke placed a wreath in honour of police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.
“During today’s service, we paused to remember those serving members of the NSW Police Force who have passed away in the previous 12 months; 14 names were read out, and we certainly honour their memories, and offer our thoughts and prayers to their families,” Ms Cooke said.
“So the next time you see a police officer out and about in the community, if you get the chance, take a moment to say ‘hello’, and thank them for the work they do day-in and day-out, to protect our way of life,” she said.