Remembrance services held in Northland saw police officers acknowledge their colleagues killed while on duty.

They also recognised the deaths of serving and former staff who had died in Northland over the last year.

Services were held at Whangarei Police station and at the St James Church in Kerikeri.
Police Remembrance Day is held every year on September 29, the feast day of Archangel Michael, the patron saint of police.

It honours police staff who have been slain or died as a result of their duties as well as serving, retired and former staff who have passed away in the preceding 12 months.


Thirty-two police officers and officers of the former Ministry of Transport Traffic Safety Service, which merged with police in 1992, have died as a result of criminal acts since New Zealand Police was established in 1886.

A further 48 constabulary and non-constabulary staff members have died as a direct result of performing their duties. Eight of these, all members of the Traffic Safety Service, were formally recognised for the first time this year.

The only Northland officer on the Roll of Honour of slain officers and believed to be the first police officer in New Zealand to lose his life in the line of duty, Constable Neil McLeod was shot and killed by gum-digger Henry Funcke while aboard the steamer Minnie Casey at Mangawhare Wharf, near Dargaville, in 1890.

Mr McLeod his wife and family were travelling to Auckland, having boarded the steamer at Dargaville.

In an article in the Northern Advocate newspaper, McLeod was described as a "Fine, genial, sturdy Scotchman, a very warm-hearted man, and was generally liked."

As well as services in New Zealand, Police Remembrance Day will be observed across Australia and the Pacific.