MEMBERS of the Shoalhaven Local Area Command gathered for the National Police Remembrance Day at Nowra Church of Christ in North Nowra on Friday.
The service honoured police officers killed while performing their duties during the period between September 28, 2012 to September 26, 2013.
A large crowd of current, retired and volunteer NSW police officers, emergency service workers, friends and family gathered to pay their respects.
NSW Police Force Shoalhaven Local Area Command commander and acting superintendent Bruce Griffin said they had gathered to honour the sacrifice and contributions of those killed in the line of duty, their colleagues, friends, families and those affected by their loss.
“This service is a reminder of the dangers of police duty and to look out for one another,” said Mr Griffin.
“It was only this morning we heard about the police officer who was shot in QLD.
“This year we lost two great police officers in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven area – Chief Inspector Graeme Francis Donnelly and Sergeant Nicholas Michael Skomarow.
“Their deaths were very unexpected and is a sad loss for the police and for the community,” he said.
NSW Police Force chaplin Wayne Jeffery said National Police Remembrance Day honours those who have dedicated their lives to putting things right and the sacrifices made to achieve this.
“Those who serve in the police force understand the need of justice in our society,” said Mr Jeffery.
“Today is when we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to bring justice to our city,” he said.
Police around Australia honoured those lost for National Police Remembrance Day on Friday.