“Poignant service” held by Police to remember those who have served

Left to right) Honour Roll Call – This year we remember Sergent of Police Laukau Saafi (passed away on the 11 January 2017) and Assistant Superintendent of Police Sateki Tu’anaki (passed away on 6 December 2016). Photo/Facebook

Tonga’s police force held their annual memorial appreciation service on Monday, in recognition of officers who have died over the past year.

Known as Police Remembrance Day, it was commemorated throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific and provides an opportunity to acknowledge their bravery and to carry their legacy on in support of their family and the community they served.

“29th September is Police Remembrance Day to honour Police men and women who have served their country, but in the last twelve months have passed away during service or retirement”, a statement releaed on Facebook by the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa.

New Zealand High Commissioner in Tonga, Sarah Walsh later tweeted and described the memorial service as “poignant”.

“Poignant service this morning remembering officers from @TongaPolice who have sadly passed away this past year. #PoliceRemembranceDay #Tonga.”

Tongan Commissioner of Police Stephen Caldwell (Left) with Minister of Police Hon. Mateni Tapueluel (far right) with family members of the late Assistant Superintendent of Police Sateki Tu’anaki.

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