FAMILIES of slain police officers have laid wreaths in honour of their fallen loved ones at National Police Remembrance Day services around the country.
In Sydney, senior officers paid tribute to Tamworth Senior Constable David Rixon, who was gunned down on duty earlier this year.
The highway patrol officer's family were among the thousands who turned out to the service held in front of the Wall of Remembrance at the city's Domain.
Detective Superintendent Terence Dalton said the death of Sen Const Rixon, whose name was later added to the National Wall of Remembrance at the Canberra service, made the event more poignant.
NSW Governor Marie Bashir said every police officer killed on duty represented a "major loss to our community, to our state, indeed to our nation and above all to their dear families".
Brisbane's service began with a march from the Police headquarters to the Albert St Uniting church.
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said his thoughts were with the friends and families of those officers who had made "the ultimate sacrifice".
In the past 150 years, 251 officers in NSW and 139 in Queensland have been killed in the line of duty.