Police marched across Sydney today to mark 150 years of the NSW Police Force.
Police marched across Sydney today to mark 150 years of the NSW Police Force.

History marked in a sea of blue

NSW Police marked 150 years of public service with a march in Sydney today, honouring Australia's oldest police force.  

A flotilla of police vessels sailed across Sydney Harbour, as 700 officers marched to the force's birthplace at The Rocks to Town Hall.  

The Sea of Blue march commemorated the birth of the NSW Police Force on March 1st, 1862.

The force took over law enforcement from the colony's first police units established in 1789. 

In a fitting tribute, a minute's silence was marked as caps were laid on the town hall steps in honour of the 250 officers killed in action.

"Across our communities, whether city or country, in times of crisis or in times of peace, you literally are our frontline defence," Premier Barry O'Farrell said.

"You put your lives on the line and for that on behalf of the community of NSW I say thank you," he said.