Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Community Pays Respects to Officer Lost in the Line of Duty

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Community Pays Respects to Officer Lost in the Line of Duty

Article excerpt

THERE are fewer guns on the streets, fewer armed robberies and police are less likely to be shot than they were a decade ago, Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said yesterday.

But although it's got safer on the beat in the 10 years since Rockhampton Senior Constable Norm Watt was gunned down, Mr Atkinson believes it is inevitable that a current serving officer in the Queensland force will pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Speaking after a 10th anniversary service of thanksgiving in memory of the dog handler who was killed in the line of duty, the Commissioner said officers were always at risk because they put the safety of the public ahead of their own.

"Today we have better equipment, better training and better tactics than ever before. We have learnt from the tragedies of the past. And there are a lot fewer firearms in the community. Incidents involving guns are rarer than they were.

"I wish I could say that never ever will we lose another officer, but sadly it is inevitable. …

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