THE annual Police Remembrance Day service was held at Eastlake Church on Thursday, September 22.
This ceremony commemorates police officers throughout Australia who died on duty.
The role that police play in keeping the community safe was a strong theme throughout the ceremony.
Acting Inspector Stephen Thompson, who acted as master of ceremonies, said it was a chance to reflect on the sacrifices made by police for the community.
“Police officers leave their families to serve the community in the name of law and order,” he said.
“They know that they may have to give their lives. So it is appropriate as a community to give respect to those who gave their lives.”
Every year, a name that is significant for Mandurah residents – Senior Constable Jane Kennaugh – appears on the list of fallen officers.
Sen Const Kennaugh lost her life in 1996 after the car her partner was driving crashed into a tree in Madora Bay.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey laid a wreath.
Police Remembrance Day is hosted close to September 29 each year, because it is the feast day of Saint Michael, Patron Saint of Police.