Blue Ribbon Day
I rise today to honour the great courage and ultimate sacrifice made by members of Victoria Police in protecting and serving our community. Since the inception of Victoria Police, 157 members of the force have laid down their lives in the line of duty, and of those, 30 were murdered. Sunday, 29 September, is Blue Ribbon Day, the day on which we commemorate the lives of those Victoria Police members who have been killed in the line of duty. It is a day for us to reflect on that sacrifice and to honour the ongoing commitment, bravery and courage of all our police officers.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation honours the memory of fallen officers through a range of projects that benefit the wider community, ensuring that their legacy lives on.
The foundation promotes awareness and funds new and improved emergency facilities in public hospitals in the names of those fallen officers. I would like to pay tribute to the hardworking board of the Blue Ribbon Foundation: the chair, Bill Noonan; the deputy chair, David Mann; and the chief executive officer, Neil Soullier. These people have done an extraordinary job, taking the foundation from strength to strength. I was honoured to attend both the Blue Ribbon Breakfast and the Blue Ribbon Ball this year. At those functions I met some families of fallen officers, who draw great strength from and feel great hope and pride in the legacy of their loved ones living on in such an important manner in our community.