Solemn and moving police ceremony
COFFS COAST police have the enduring support and respect of the community they serve so well.
These officers were the deserved focus of Coffs Harbour's National Police Remembrance Day observance and sitting with them shoulder to shoulder were the local men, women and children who admire them so much.
The emotion was powerful and threatened to overwhelm some of the congregation which yesterday packed St Augustine's Catholic Church to honour police who have died on duty.
"Even if you are troubled, worried, persecuted, threatened or attacked, these are the trials through which we triumph by the power of those who love us," Fr John Casey told the officers.
"I beg you police officers, please look after each other through thick and thin, in good times and in bad.
"Yes, you may grow tired or weary, yes at times you may stumble, but those who can hope and trust, not just in God but in their colleagues, will have their strength renewed."
Coffs/Clarence local area commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said policing was a challenging, rewarding and dangerous career.
"Police go about their duties to make their communities safe," he said.
"We are the heroes to the weak, vulnerable and defenceless. We are the ones they turn to when they have no-one else.
"We are the ones who they rely on to make them safe."
In any given year, police across the state attend more than 700,000 incidents, ranging from car accidents and domestics to break-ins and bag snatches.