Remembering The Fallen
Members of the Western Australia Police Force community attended a National Police Remembrance Day ceremony at the WA Police Academy in Joondalup this morning to honour the 85 WA Police officers who have died in the line of duty.
WA Police Force Commissioner Chris Dawson commemorated those who have lost their lives, paying tribute to their bravery, dedication and courage.
Commissioner Dawson also marked the 40th anniversary of the death of First Class Constable William Pense, who was killed during an altercation with an armed offender in Mt Barker, a country town 365km south east of Perth.
Retired Sergeant Jim Keelan—who was with 1/C Constable Pense at the time of the shooting—laid a wreath in honour of 1/C Constable Pense and other fallen officers.
The ceremony was also attended by the Minister for Police; Road Safety the Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA; representatives from the WA Police Force; WA Police Legacy; Police Widows Guild; Police Historical Society; Retired Police Officers Association; Australian Federal Police; other government agencies including the armed forces; and family and friends of the fallen.