Cleveland service for National Police Remembrance Day to honour fallen officers

REMEMBRANCE: Father Ladu Yanga speaking at the 2019 service at Victoria Point.
REMEMBRANCE: Father Ladu Yanga speaking at the 2019 service at Victoria Point.

COVID-19 has changed the way National Police Remembrance Day services will take place, but Redlanders will still have a chance to pay their respects to fallen police officers.

The 31st annual National Police Remembrance Day will be commemorated on Tuesday, September 29, with a service to be held from 2pm at the Cleveland Uniting Church.

A Redlands service has been held since 2012.

National Police Remembrance Day is a day to remember and honour police officers who have been killed in the line of duty, as well as those whose death did not occur as a consequence of their duty.

This year also marks the 105th anniversary of the deaths of several Queensland police officers who served in World War I.

Eddie Gallo, secretary of the Queensland Retired Police Association Redlands branch, said numbers in the church were limited to 50 but the ceremony would be streamed online.

To boost numbers while adhering to social distancing and gathering regulations, the ceremony will also be live streamed into the church hall, which can seat another 40 people.

"The church is full and all seats allocated but we do have some seats available in the hall," he said.

The ceremony comes nearly a year after two Redland Bay police boats were officially commissioned, named in honour of Detective Sergeant Stewart Kerlin and Constable Sondra Lena who were killed on duty in 2006 and 1992 respectively.

People who wish to attend the Redlands ceremony should contact Eddie Gallo on 0433 956 532.