Police Remembrance Day isn't just about paying tribute to officers who have lost their lives while serving, it's also about honouring the ones who support them, according to Commander Janelle Jonkin.
The Katherine region will pay tribute to police officers who have died while serving, as well as their families on National Police Remembrance Day later this month.
Marking the 32nd anniversary of the day, with a memorial service being held at the grave of Constable Bill Condon in Katherine at 9am on September 29.
Constable Condon, who served in Darwin and Maranboy but was in Katherine on June 9, 1952 when he was shot twice by a man called Terence Stapleton who he confronted after hearing he had been brandishing a gun in the town centre.
Commander Tonkin said the day is about not only commemorating officers who have died, but also acknowledging what police officers continue to do for the communities.
"The day commemorates police officers who have been killed in the line of duty or have died whilst serving as police officers as well as the extraordinary work police and all front line service personnel do each and every day to keep the community safe," she said.
"National Police Remembrance Day commemoration services, in recognition of those fallen and those who continue to serve, are being held throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands."
Commander Tonkin said police officers in the Northern Territory do so much more than just law enforcement, especially in small remote communities.
"They are not just police officers. They are firefighters, truancy officers, councillors. They are everything to everyone," she said.
"Community engagement is something NT Police Officers are born and bred with."
She said National Police Remembrance Day was also really important for supporting the loved ones of police officers who have lost their lives on the job.
"It's not just about remembering those who have lost their lives in the line of duty," she said.
"Absolutely, it's about remembering those who support us in the job we do every day when we leave home."
All are welcome to attend the memorial service at the Katherine Memorial Cemetery.
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