Paying respects to our top cops

A CEREMONY was held at St Anthony's Catholic Church in Kingscliff yesterday for National Police Remembrance Day.

Officiating, police chaplain Reverend Colin Batt welcomed the congregation, offering support to families and friends who have died in the line of duty.

“We all at one time have been touched by loss,” he said.

“We value what you do as police.

“It's fitting we stop today, and remember the police on police remembrance day and their families who actively support our community.”

Rev Batt said police have a very dangerous profession.

“Police are faced with difficult situations,” he said.

“At times they struggle greatly, and at times they cope particularly well.”

He said the church would always deliver support to the police force.

An address was given by Inspector Darren Steel who told the congregation that remembrance day coincided with the Feast of the Archangel, St Michael who was always fighting evil.

The hymn Amazing Grace was sung by the congregation followed by the police prayer led by Rev Batt.

Insp Steel paid tribute to New South Wales Police Constable William Crews, who died during a drug raid three weeks ago.

He said the community did realise the dangers of the job.

“We know we will see more names on the roll in the future,” Insp Steel said.

The honour roll which commemorates members of the New South Wales Police force who have payed the ultimate sacri- fice during duty was then read by protocol officer Sergeant Mal Kentwell.



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