29 Sep 2008

Service pays tribute to slain police officers

11:31 am on 29 September 2008

New Zealand police are paying tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives on duty, including two killed this year.

A service was held on Monday morning at the Police College in Porirua, where there is a national memorial to officers who have been killed on the frontline.

A plaque was unveiled to honour Sergeant Derek Wootton, killed while laying road spikes in Porirua in July.

The plaque for Sergeant Don Wilkinson, killed on duty recently in Mangere, will be added to the memorial wall at a later date.

A total of 63 staff members are being remembered at the service, marking Police Remembrance Day.