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Forces join for remembrance

Combined Police March in Griffith St Coolangatta
Combined Police March in Griffith St Coolangatta Blainey Woodham

HUNDREDS of serving and former police officers marched through Coolangatta and Tweed Heads yesterday in a show of respect for those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Despite the Scottish pipes and seemly regalia, it was a "solemn march", according to Inspector Darren Steel from the Tweed-Byron LAC.

For the first time in its 150-year history, Queensland police joined their NSW peers and the Australian Federal Police to march together.

"It's a time of reflection," Mr Steel said.

"There isn't a day that goes by without an officer thinking of the danger involved in their job.

"It's always tragic when we lose an officer and we all feel that loss.

"For officers to come together to commemorate those fallen is a special gesture."

Forme police officers, the dog squad, motorcycle officers and the children of officers who have passed on joined the impressive march led by mounted police.

The parade began at Goodwin Park, Coolangatta, and ended at the Twin Towns Services Club at Tweed Heads.

This was the 150th anniversary of the formation of the NSW Police Force.

Sgt Billy Kaz had the job of traffic control throughout the march.

He said the event was "very moving. It really makes us reflect on the sacrifices made by officers in protecting the public. It's great to see a joint show of respect from NSW, Qld and Federal police."

Topics:  emergency services, memorial, police


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