HONOURED for time and duty served, retired police officers have been recognised for their contribution, sacrifice and ongoing legacy with the NSW Police Force.

A large gathering of former officers have been decorated with the special 150th Anniversary Retired Police Pin, commemorating the NSW Police Force's sesquicentennial.

Founded this year on the advice of former officers, Retired Police Day will now be celebrated on the first Thursday of September each year.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize all who have gone before us," Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said. 

"It's recognition for our mentors, trailblazers, colleagues and mates.

"It's a chance for all serving police and former officers to celebrate the NSW Police as a formidable organization.

"All of the men and women who have dedicated themselves as police officers have done the job with one goal in mind and that is to serve.

"In years to come each of us will receive one of these commemorative pins recognizing who we are and where we have come from," he said.

Planned celebrations honouring the contribution of former police have today been held in Coffs Harbour and Grafton.


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