This morning at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua, Dame Cindy attended the annual Police Remembrance Day service. Held on 29 September each year, the service commemorates both serving and former police staff from across New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific who have died over the course of the previous twelve months. This date coincides with the feast day of the Archangel Michael – the Patron Saint of Police. During the service, all those police officers killed while performing their official duties were also remembered in the reading of the Roll of Honour.
As Dame Cindy said in her address: 'I acknowledge the immense burden carried by police officers across New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific: to daily face the risk of danger, but to do so with such courage and conviction – and to bear witness to the worst in humanity, but to never lose sight of our essential goodness.'
You can read find the full text at Dame Cindy's speech for Police Remembrance Day 2023 and find more images in the Police Remembrance Day 2023 image gallery.