Senior Constable Mark Anderson lowers the flag at Yass Police Station.

On Tuesday morning, September the 29th, Yass Police held a service for National Police Remembrance Day. This day is of significance throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. It is a day to honour the lives of Police officers whose lives have been lost in the line of duty. Saint Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of police and September the 29th is Saint Michael’s feast day. Saint Michael is recognised as an archangel by the Christian, Jewish and Islamic Faiths. The day was first held in 1989, and the tradition has continued until this day. At the morning service, which began at 8:30, many current Police Officers, former Police Officers, family, friends and invited guests attended to show their respect. In a sign of solidarity, there were other services represented at the ceremony, including the Yass Fire Brigade and the Yass Ambulance Service.

The service was presided over by Chaplain Rev Judy Heggart who lead everyone in the police prayer while several of the current police members played a role in the ceremony. For many officers affected by the loss of a colleague, the remembrance ceremony is a solemn and respectful way to honour those lost. After the ceremony the attendees joined each other for morning tea on the front lawn of the Yass Police Station where people could greet each other and share stories. Currently, the Remembrance Day ceremony is held on the grounds of the Yass Police Station however Acting Inspector Dave Cowell and Sergeant Matt Carroll indicated they would like to hold a larger service in the future; possibly having future services in the church so more people are aware and can come to show their respect.

Police round up On Sunday, September the 27th just after 9 am, police were doing mobile speed detection on the Barton highway.They pulled over a 28-year-old man from the ACT and gave him a mobile breath test which came back positive for drink driving. The man was taken back to the police station and returned a reading of 0.144, which is a mid-range drink driving offence. He was issued an infringement and will attend court on November the 13th. On Monday night September the 29th a local man was drinking at the soldier’s club. He was asked to leave by a member of the staff but refused to vacate the premises. Police were called and issued the man with an infringement notice for failing to leave a licenced premise when asked. This infringement is a $550 fine. From Thursday, October the 1st at midnight running through until midnight on Monday the 5th, Yass Police will be running the October Long Weekend traffic operation, and double demerits will be enforced. Police are urging drivers to adhere to the speed limit, drive to the conditions of the road, be safe and take regular resting breaks. There will be a strong Police presence on the roads in our region. Police also report that there have been numerous break-ins at local schools in the past few months.  They are asking for the publics assistance to help keep the area safe. If you witness a crime or have any information, please contact the Yass Police Station on 6226 9399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.