ABOUT 40 people attended the National Police Remembrance Day service at Echuca police station on Thursday.
Police chaplain Reverend Matt Anker, Campaspe police Inspector Geoff Owen and Echuca Senior Sergeant Mick Carroll spoke to the crowd, while those present lit candles to remember those officers killed in the line of duty.
Snr Sgt Carroll also laid a wreath.
National Police Remembrance Day, held on Friday, is a time for members of Victoria Police and the community to honour the dedicated men and women who have died serving their community.
Since 1853 when Victoria Police was established, 159 officers have paid the ultimate price serving their community, while 269 members of the NSW Police Force have died in the line of duty and through injury and illness since it was established in 1862.
Victorian Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the day was a significant event for all current and former members of the force.
‘‘Today, we pause to acknowledge the 14,110 police and 1433 Protective Services Officers across Victoria and the risks that they take every day to keep our community safe,’’ he said on Friday.
‘‘We will always value the bravery, service and commitment of all members who made the ultimate sacrifice. They’ll never be forgotten.’’
Blue Ribbon Day is also held on September 29 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.