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Tonga Police commemorated Police Remembrance Day today

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 29/09/2017


Police Remembrance Day is commemorated on September 29th every year by he Australasia and Pacific Regions Police for officers who had fallen in the line of duty.


The Tonga Police this morning held a special service at the Headquarters at Longolongo to commemorate Retired Assistant Superintendent, Sateki Tanaki, who had passed away on the 6th of December 2016, and also Retired Inspector of Police, Tevita Saafi, who passed away on the 11th January 2017.


Families, friends and colleagues joined the Tonga Police at this service; to not only remember but to celebrate the lives and legacies of the fallen officers.


The Honorable Minister of Police, Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu, paid tribute to the fallen officers of the Tonga Police, as well as police officers from around the region.


Police Remembrance Day falls on the 29th of September, the feast day of the Archangel Michael, the Patron Saint of Policing, where the forces of light defeat the forces darkness.


“It is a day of remembrance. We remember and pay respects to the families of those men, and the children that grew up without fathers. We pay our respects to our past police officers. We pay our respects to serving police officers who continue to put themselves in harms way in executing their oaths of office. On this day we remember our fallen police officers from the wider police family in our region. We have made and they have made, the ultimate sacrifice doing that duty.”


Also present at this service was Her Excellency Sarah Walsh, NZ High Commissioner to Tonga, Representative of the Australian High Commissioner, Police Commissioner, Stephen Caldwell, as well as representatives from the Australian Federal Police and New Zealand Police.


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