Police to remember slain officers

REMEMBRANCE PINS: Constable Kieran Miskimmin, of Invercargill, shows off the huia pin for Police Remembrance Day.
REMEMBRANCE PINS: Constable Kieran Miskimmin, of Invercargill, shows off the huia pin for Police Remembrance Day.

Southland police will mark Police Remembrance Day on Monday with their own service.

Police officers who have died in the line of duty, as well as all serving and retired members who had died in the past year, will be remembered at a national commemoration service at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua.

Southland area commander Inspector Lane Todd said last year was the first time other services would be held throughout the country.

Southland police would attend a service at 11am on Monday at the Invercargill police station, he said.

"Obviously, we can't all get to Wellington to the college, and [New Zealand police commissioner Peter Marshall] felt it was an opportune time to reflect in our own way, in our own stations with our own teams."

Officers throughout New Zealand would wear the police chevron-embedded huia feather Remembrance Day Pin, which is attached to a card with the Maori words "Huia e! tangata kotahi. He totara kua hinga", which translates to "the feather of the Huia, for someone special. One dearly departed".

Eighty-one serving and former staff members will be remembered at this year's national service. No Kiwi officers have been slain in the line of duty in the past year.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will give an address at the national service, which will also be attended by Police Minister Anne Tolley, police commissioner Peter Marshall and deputy commissioners Viv Rickard and Mike Bush, as well as foreign dignitaries.



Police Remembrance Day in the Southern District: The New Zealand Police Roll of Honour 1886-2012 lists names of 29 officers who have been slain on duty during the past 126 years. The roll of honour includes: Constable Peter William Murphy, died at Southland Hospital on September 25, 1976, after attending a sports goods shop burglary in Invercargill; Senior Constable Peter Morris Umbers, killed on May 27, 1990, near Ranfurly after stopping a robbery suspect; Constable Donald Richard Stokes, who was injured in the cells at Dunedin Central police station and died in Dunedin Hospital on August 15, 1966, and Sergeant Stewart Graeme Guthrie, who died on November 13, 1990, after being shot at Aramoana. Services will be held in Oamaru, Alexandra, Wanaka, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Source: Police

The Southland Times