24 November 2018

Queensland New Police Memorial officially opened in City Botanic Gardens

Today, families of fallen Queensland Police Service officers joined members of the public, QPS officers and dignitaries for the official opening of the new Queensland Police Memorial located in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.
Commissioner Ian Stewart joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Police Minister Mark Ryan for the dedication ceremony.
The new memorial will be a significant place of reflection for family members, colleagues and the community to honour and pay their respects to fallen Queensland Police Service (QPS) members.
The site will also serve as the future location for candlelight vigils that are held on the eve of National Police Remembrance Day in September each year.
Commissioner Stewart said the new memorial would be a solemn site for all who recognise the contribution of the QPS.
“Since our first officer was killed on duty in 1861, there are now 147 officers whose name appears on the pillars of this Police Memorial,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“Our community is made safer every day by the men and women of the QPS and it is only fitting to honour and acknowledge those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this way.”
The decision to redevelop the lower-end of George Street led to the decision to decommission the original Queensland Police Memorial in November 2016, with associated nameplates temporarily relocated to the QPS Academy at Oxley.
The new Queensland Police Memorial in the City Botanic Gardens was delivered by Urban Arts Projects, with the final design incorporating various symbolic aspects, including five individual archways and 10 pillars representing the 10 ranks within the Queensland Police Service.
The archways reflect the memorial ribbon that officers wear on each National Police Remembrance Day and the pathway that connects the archways emphasises that ‘no officer or affected family will stand alone.’
The granite and naming ‘touch stones’ reflect the Sillitoe Tartan – a familiar chequered pattern used by police around the world – and they are scattered randomly throughout the memorial to highlight that no matter what rank, years of service or where they served, each officer’s sacrifice is equally significant to protecting the community of Queensland.
Minister Ryan said the relocation and dedication of the memorial had been a collaborative effort.
“This memorial – here in the heart of our state’s capital – will serve as an important historical monument and symbol to the people of Queensland for many years to come,” Minister Ryan said.
“I want to thank Commissioner Stewart, the Queensland Police Union of Employees and all the members of the steering committee of the QPS Memorial Relocation Project who have worked so hard to bring the development of this memorial to fruition.”

After the conclusion of the dedication ceremony, families of the fallen officers gathered on the Speakers Green in Parliament House where they were presented with commemorative medals in acknowledgement of the service of their loved ones and to mark the historic occasion.
The memorial was funded through the Queensland Police Service’s own budget, with donations from the Queensland Police Union of Employees, Queensland Police Commissioned Officers Union of Employees and the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and Commonwealth Games.
For more information on the Queensland, Police Memorial click here

Source: myPolice Queensland Police News QPS

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