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Fallen police officers honoured

26 Oct 2014

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Victorian and Australian police officers who have died in the line of duty were honored in Southbank during September, as part of National Blue Ribbon Day.

Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells joined Chief Commissioner Ken Lay for the annual remembrance march along St. Kilda Rd, before laying a wreath at the Victoria Police Memorial.

Speaking at the service, Mr Wells said the National Day of Remembrance was a chance to look back at the heroic work of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Today Victorians remember those police officers who lost their lives while protecting the community,” he said.

“In Victoria, 159 brave police officers have died serving our community since the formation of our police force in 1853.”

“Policing is dangerous and unpredictable work and our thoughts today are with the families, friends and colleagues of the police officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

National Police Remembrance Day began in April 1989 during the Conference of Commissioners of Police of Australasia and the South West Pacific Region.

The inaugural Blue Ribbon Day was held in Victoria following the deaths of Sgt Gary Silk and Snr-Constable Rod Miller, who were killed on duty in Moorabbin in October 1998.

Mr Wells said ,while the day was about remembrance, it also served as a reminder to say thank you to the more than 13,000 Victoria Police officers who served the community every day.

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