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Cheng first non-officer on honour roll

AAP logoAAP 29/09/2016 Elise Scott

Selina Cheng broke down in tears as Malcolm Turnbull read out her husband's name.

His name will forever be on the roll of honour on the national police memorial in Canberra.

Curtis Cheng was gunned down by a 15-year-old boy in a "shocking act of terrorism" outside NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta, where he worked as an accountant.

On Thursday, almost one year after his death, he joined 763 police officers on the honour roll.

It's the first time the name of a non-uniformed police officer has been added to the roll.

The prime minister laid a wreath at the Canberra ceremony before meeting Mrs Cheng and her two children.

"Supporting every police officer, grieving for every one who has fallen, are their families and their friends," he told the ceremony.

"We mourn with and comfort those who grieve, and we thank and honour all our police families whose love and friendship enables our police to serve our community."

As they laid their wreath, members of the Cheng family bowed repeatedly at the plaque and Mrs Cheng sobbed loudly.

Sunday marks a year since Mr Cheng was killed.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said Mr Cheng's death was a reminder that it wasn't just officers at risk of terrorism but also those who worked alongside them.

NSW Police Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson was also honoured after he died in a car crash on his way to assist colleagues in a car chase.

Five other police officers were added to the roll retrospectively.

Officers and families earlier gathered for a similar NSW service to honour more than 250 men and women who have died in the line of duty.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said it was fitting Mr Cheng would be recognised.

"He died a terrible death," he said.

"To see and to witness what was captured on the videotape that afternoon, to see how brutal that murder was, is something I will never forget and I don't think Australia will ever forget.

"As an unsworn officer he represented us and so for us to be able to recognise his sacrifice, I think, reflects well on every police officer."

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