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The first National Police Remembrance Day for police in Australia was held on 29 September 1989.

The seed of National Police Remembrance Day was sown by Commissioner Brian Bull of the Western Australia Police Force when he sponsored an Agenda Item at the Conference of Australasian Police Commissioners in 1988.

Commissioner Bull, in his address, said inter alia:

"Law enforcement is a unique profession that should promote pride in service and dedication to duty, fostering a sense of camaraderie among police officers throughout Australia and to a lesser extent, throughout the world." 

A National Police Remembrance Day for police officers killed on duty will encourage police officers and their families to honour the memory of colleagues, who have given their lives in service to their community and focus public attention on the men and women of the police forces throughout Australia, whose responsibility it is to ensure peace and good order, and the difficulties they face in bearing that responsibility.

Today, in Australia, National Police Remembrance Day commemorates police office throughout the Australasia and South-West Pacific region who were killed on duty or who died whilst serving.

 
“We will remember.”

Northern Territory Police Officers killed in the execution of their duties

 
Mounted Constable 1/C John Charles SHIRLEY* 07 November 1883
Mounted Constable Albert Stewart McCOLL 1 August 1933
Constable Maxwell Clifford GILBERT 17 August 1948
Constable William Bryan CONDON 9 June 1952
Inspector Louis Clandon HOOK 16 June 1967
Sergeant Colin John ECKERT 9 June 1970
Senior Constable Allen David PRICE 11 December 1981
Detective Sergeant Second Class Ian Graham BRADFORD 29 January 1984
Brevet Sergeant Glen Anthony HUITSON 3 August 1999
Senior Constable Michael READ 5 December 2014

Further information on Northern Territory Police Officers killed in the execution of their duties can be found on the National Police Memorial Honour Roll npm.org.au/honour-roll/

*NB: At the time of Mounted Constable 1/C Shirley’s passing, the Northern Territory was under the South Australian control. In 1931, the two territories (Northern & Central) became the Northern Territory of Australia and the authority of the Commissioner of Police was vested in the Administrator of the Northern Territory.

Northern Territory Police Officers who died whilst serving
 
Constable William DAVIS 16 November 1872
Trooper 3/C Henry WILKINSON 10 February 1876
Trooper Charles Weston LEES 08 November 1880
Constable 3/C James Marshall MILLER 10 December 1880
Mounted Constable 3/C Alexander Grey WOOD 09 June 1881
Foot Constable 3/C Thomas CHARLESWORTH 22 February 1884
Mounted Constable 3/C Joseph William WHEATLEY 05 September 1888
Mounted Constable 2/C Charles Patrick JOHNSTON 4 December 1907
Mounted Constable James Patrick TOOLE 23 March 1909
Mounted Constable Matthew Francis DOWDY 17 June 1915
Constable Samuel Francis KEATING 5 June 1916
Mounted Constable Cecil Masterton McDONALD 29 July 1919
Mounted Constable Edward Eugene McNULTY 25 November 1917
Constable John Joseph LYONS 13 April 1927
Mounted Constable Arthur Robinson CLAPP 5 November 1927
Commissioner Robert STOTT 5 May 1928
Mounted Constable John Clow MacKAY 13 October 1928
Mounted Constable Henry ALLEN 14 December 1930
Mounted Constable Edward Joseph HEATHCOCK 28 June 1944
Senior Constable Peter D’Arcy BRUUN 7 December 1952
Constable Frank Barry LACEY 13 August 1962
Constable Bart MOUTHAAN 31 August 1963
Detective Constable 1/C Ronald Frank CORBIN 29 May 1965
Senior Constable Gordon Cameron Heaslop STOTT 14 December 1965
Chief Inspector James Joseph MANNION 18 September 1968
Detective Constable Ashley Scott PHILLIPS 9 November 1974
Senior Constable Victor Julian HOY 17 January 1978
Superintendent Robert Bedford JACKSON 4 March 1983
Cadet Gregory Dean JERICHO 3 January 1984
Constable 1/C Roger Anthony PRIOR 29 September 1986
Constable Justin David SHARPE 1 March 1987
Sergeant Rodney Desmond EVANS 8 March 1990
Detective Senior Constable Raymond Hedley WATKINSON 1 May 1990
Sergeant Graham George CHUNG 24 August 1990
Constable Patricia Anne BRENNAN 18 February 1991
Police Aide Gavin Jabaltjari SPENCER 16 March 1991
Constable 1/C William Willis STAVERS 11 January 1992
Senior Constable Paul Allan RILEY 16 October 1996
Superintendent Thomas USHER 4 April 1997
Detective Sergeant John Leslie HAYES 23 June 1997
Police Auxiliary 1/C Mary FRASER 16 April 1998
Sergeant Shane KAPPLER 11 January 2000
Senior Constable Arthur William DELLAR 14 January 2000
Senior Constable Anthony ARMSTRONG 6 May 2000
Constable Paul THOMPSON 12 April 2001
Sergeant Jason LINDSAY 22 April 2001
Constable Scott WILLIAMS 10 October 2004
Police Auxiliary Helen RAMSAY 6 December 2006
Aboriginal Community Police Officer Thomas MATTHEWS 7 November 2007
Aboriginal Community Police Officer Alberto CUBILLO 9 April 2008
Sergeant Brett MEREDITH 2 January 2010
Senior Constable Peter WIESENEKKER 31 July 2010
Sergeant Michael CORNFORD 1 June 2012
Sergeant Mary-Ann SKELTON 17 June 2012
Detective Sergeant Anthony HENRYS 5 September 2018
Aboriginal Community Police Officer Austin HAMPTON-TUNGUTALUM 25 December 2018
Senior Police Auxiliary Kim JOHNSON 17 January 2019
Auxiliary Meleane MAKA 28 May 2019
Constable Melanie TYNDALL 31 August 2019
Constable 1/C Denise GODDARD 25 April 2021

“May they rest in peace and honour’