Monday, 13 August 2007 9:50 AM

Police Disgusted over Memorial Defacement

Police officers have expressed disgust over damage caused on the Police Memorial at Rove.

Erected in memory of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, police say the monument also symbolize continuing peace following the surrender of thousands of firearms since the arrival of RAMSI in 2003.

The monument has been vandalized with obscene graffiti, urine and other forms of filth, with names of police officers who have died in the line of duty removed and destroyed. Police officers expressed their disgust in the "sickening" acts that holds no respect for the monument.

Deputy Commissioner, Walter Kola, said police officers, who risk their lives and often pay the ultimate price in trying to do their job, deserve the right to be able to have a monument to honor their dead in public ceremonies such as Police Remembrance Day.

He said the monument should be regarded as a place for police officers to worship and a place for people to reflect on what it was like prior to when peace was returned.