Newfoundland and Labrador finally has its own organization dedicated to honor the memory of police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty. Currently, there are 17 such names etched on the national monument in Ottawa.
The Newfoundland & Labrador Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument is in recognition of 18 fallen officers from our province of Newfoundland & Labrador.
Professor Donald Foulds is the artist/ designer/ organizer and has developed the total design and is oversaw the construction of the NLPPO Memorial Monument. The work on this project was hired out to students from the Visual Arts Department at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook and professional craftsmen. They did parts of the overall design such as carving and assembling segments of the total. Work on this Monument started in May 2003.
The design of this project represents all regions of Newfoundland and Labrador and all members of police and peace officers. The monument serves as: a memorial to the police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty (designed to add names as needed), as a focal point for memorial and commemoration services, events and celebrations and, as a landmark that provides a public focal point for the Newfoundland and Labrador police and peace officers.
The overall design gives the viewer the "feel" that we would like them to have when they think of the police and peace officers or organizations. The monument does not feel too playful or aggressive, oppressive, enclosing, nor looming over the community. But rather feels protecting, stable, organized, open and pleasing to spend time with.
History is referenced through the inclusion of the symbols of the police and peace officers crests. This memorial does not have specific images or references that excludes any individual, police or peace officer group, or region. All groups are reflected in the imagery and design.
The Labradorite Stone required for the main base of our Memorial was donated and moved to Nain by Labrador Inuit Development Corporation. From there it was Transported from Nain to Lewisporte by Woodwards Group of Company Marine Division. Transported from Lewisporte to Corner Brook by Ways Transport in Corner Brook
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador officially proclaimed the last Sunday in September of every year as Newfoundland and Labrador Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Day. The Provincial Memorial Day gives Newfoundlanders and Labradorians an opportunity each year to formally express appreciation for the dedication of police and peace officers who made the ultimate tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe