Honouring our police force
WE PASS them in the street every day, play footy with them on Saturdays, but the police officers who strive to protect us from crime live in a different world, defined by constant risk.
Richmond Local Area Commander Superintendent Bruce Lyons delivered that reminder yesterday as scores of police gathered at the Lismore Police Memorial for a ceremony described by one officer as ‘our Anzac Day’.
The ceremony, which began with a march by more than 70 officers and finished with a barbecue at the Lismore police station, paid tribute to 250 officers who have died in the line of duty since 1971.
Front-of-mind for the officers was Det Const Bill Crews, who died after being accidentally shot by a fellow officer during a firefight in Sydney.
“By every definition, Det Const Crews was a brave officer. His farewell brought together the policefamily and reinforced the strength of who we are and what we do as police officers,” Supt Lyons said.
Among the crowd of officers were two new dads – Const Steve Hoffman and Snr Const Kym McPherson – who attended with their partners and their four-month-old and six-month-old babies.
“You don’t think about it (the dangers of policing) until days like today,” Snr Const McPherson said.
However, the officers said their children had made them even more dedicated to policing, as they worked to create a safe community.