Andrew ScipioneNSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has officially dedicated a new memorial honouring fallen officers in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney this afternoon.

The Commissioner was joined by local police, families, friends, and colleagues, for the dedication of the NSW Police Memorial, led by Police Chaplain, Father Paul O’Donoghue, at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park today (Monday 30 November 2015).

The memorial honours 31 NSW Police officers who were killed on duty within the Eastern Suburbs, Eastern Beaches, Botany Bay and Rose Bay Local Area Commands, or who were cremated or laid to rest at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.

 Commissioner Scipione said the plaques and memorial wall are a wonderful way to honour local officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“The NSW Police Memorial at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park gives family, friends, colleagues and members of the public a place to come and reflect on the lives and achievements of the officers who died while serving the community,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“The men and women of the NSW Police Force serve the community each day – all the while not knowing what potential adversity they may face yet understanding they may have to risk their own life to save another.

“As we unveil the plaques today we honour their courage and sacrifice, and send our thoughts to those families who have lost a loved one – they will never be forgotten.”

The names of the 27 local fallen officers, who died on duty since 1862, are inscribed on the wall of the memorial.

An additional four colonial police, killed prior to the inception of the NSW Police Force, will also be remembered in the form of separate plaques within the memorial garden.

The NSW Police Memorial is a joint project of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and the NSW Police Force.

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