🇦🇺 National Police Remberance Day, September 29, 2016

Australia: Victoria Police and others from across the country paid tribute to their colleagues who have lost their life  in the line of duty.

Like many law enforcement agencies across the world, this week is a solemn occasion of Remberance, and sadly often includes adding new names to Memorials.

Victoria Police was established 1853, 159 officers have paid the ultimate price serving their community.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said National Police Remembrance Day was a significant event for all current and former members of the force.

“Today, we pause to acknowledge police across our nation and the risks that our men and women take every day to keep our community safe.

More than 13,000 police and 1100 Protective Services Officers work every day to protect and serve our community.

We value their bravery, service and commitment.

And our thoughts on National Remembrance Day are with the families, loved ones and colleagues of those police who are sadly no longer with us. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

A march started from Princes Bridge at 10am with the service following at the Victoria Police Memorial on St Kilda Road..

Blue Ribbon Day is held on the same day each year to coincide with National Police Remembrance Day.

This is an initiative of the Blue Ribbon Foundation and raises money for improved emergency facilities named in memory of fallen officers in Victoria’s public hospitals.

Mental Health: Chief Commission Ashton also used the opportunity to highlight the impact on mental health of members and toll police work can take individuals. Law enforcement officers are at elevated risk because of the often traumatic nature of police work. Anxiety, depression, PTSD and suicide are part of an array of illnesses that can impact police.

If you have you require help {in Australia) with issues raised, contact LineLine on 13 11 14 or call Triple Zero if life is endangered. Beyond Blue can also be contacted 24 hours a day.

On National Police Remberance Day, we take thank officers and their families for the risks they for the benefit of society, an we honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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