Cops killed in line of duty honoured

Staff ReporterGreat Southern Herald
Pastor Heard led the prayer.
Camera IconPastor Heard led the prayer.

Katanning police joined officers across the Great Southern paying their respects to colleagues killed in the line of duty, while the role of current police officers was also praised during a moving National Police Remembrance Day service last Friday.

Three officers in the Great Southern are among 85 serving officers in the WA police force, who have lost their lives since 1834.

The most recent WA police officer to lose their life was First Class Constable Dennis Green, who died in a traffic accident in West Toodyay in December.

The region’s last officer to lose his life was Denmark-raised Detective Senior Constable Charles Scott, 39, who was killed in an aircraft crash in Waychinicup in March 1996, while conducting a drug surveillance operation.

St John Ambulance crew attending the memorial.
Camera IconSt John Ambulance crew attending the memorial.

Constable Colin Cusack, 27, was shot in the head in 1968 in Spencer Park, and 11 years later, Mt Barker First Class Constable William Pense was murdered by Donald Parre in South Stirling.

Since 1989, National Police Remembrance Day has been held on, or near, September 29 every year.

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