On 29 September each year, we pause to remember the Victoria Police employees who have passed away over the past 12 months. This is a time for members of Victoria Police and the community to honour the dedicated men and women who have died serving their community. In Victoria, the Blue Ribbon Foundation also holds Blue Ribbon Day on 29 September to coincide with National Police Remembrance Day.
In 2020, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, a special online memorial was held in lieu of a traditional National Police Remembrance Day service.
During the service, we remembered and honoured the lives of the 24 Victoria Police officers, Protective Services Officers, Police Custody Officers, Victorian Public Service staff and Police Chaplains who passed away over the preceding 12 months. This included Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Josh Prestney and Constable Glen Humphris who were tragically killed in the line of duty earlier in the year. Their plaque on the Victoria Police Memorial Wall, which serves as a standing reminder for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, was unveiled during the service.
Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance
The annual Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance is a national ride from police memorials around the country to the National Police Memorial in Canberra. Victorian Wall to Wall riders head to the National Police Memorial in Canberra to remember their mates who have fallen. The ride raises money for Police Legacies across Australia. Victoria Police Legacy (VPL) use money donated to it to support police families in Victoria who have lost a partner or parent. Last year’s Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance was suspended due to the restrictions that were in place across the country in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Wall to Wall Committee are conscious the ride is symbolic to many, and this decision was not made lightly. The Wall to Wall Ride Memorial Service was conducted at the National Police Memorial on Saturday 12 September. In keeping with the restrictions in place, numbers were strictly limited, so only invited guests attended the service. For more information visit the .
Victoria Police Memorial – Kings Domain Gardens
Opened in 2002 the Victoria Police Memorial situated in Kings Domain Gardens, Melbourne, stands as a dedication and constant reminder of the service provided by those brave men and women who have been killed in the line of duty.
The memorial is a tribute to police who have had their lives brought to a tragic and abrupt end. The memorial is a fitting reminder of the sacrifice each have made to provide a safe and secure community.
Reviewed 28 June 2021