New South Wales Minister for Police Troy Grant
Ride To Commemorate Fallen Police Officers
Victor P Taffa
More than 1,000 Police officers will today take part in a charity motorbike ride from The Domain in Sydney to our nation’s capital in honour of Police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Now in its 9th year, the Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance 2018 is a national event involving current serving and retired officers, unsworn members of the Police family, emergency service workers, and family, friends and supporters of Police.
Minister for Police Troy Grant said this year we have unfortunately seen a heartbreaking start to the Wall to Wall ride with a Victorian Police officer killed on the road during the first leg of the ride interstate.
“This is a terrible start to these commemorations. Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and colleagues at this difficult time.” Minister Grant said.
“It also serves as a sobering reminder to stay safe on our roads, as tragedy can strike with a moment’s notice.”
Minister Grant said each and every day police officers attend to violent incidents and calls for assistance, not knowing what to expect but ready to do their job and protect the community.
“Wall to Wall ride is our way of commemorating fallen Police officers whose lives have tragically been cut short while performing their duty.” Minister Grant said.
“To date, we have been extremely fortunate that no New South Wales Police officer has lost their life while exercising their duties this year; however, there have been some extremely close calls.”
“In February, 2 officers were struck and severely injured by a car while they were setting up a breath testing site, and in July an officer was attacked by a knife-wielding man outside a Police station, and was extremely lucky to have escaped unharmed.”
“Police willingly put their lives on the line so our communities remain safe and the Wall to Wall ride helps raise awareness about the self-sacrifice our officers make, while fundraising for Police Legacy.” Minister Grant said.
Police Commissioner Michael Fuller said officers participating in the ride from New South Wales will honour their Victorian colleague by wearing black bands across the Wall to Wall logo during today’s event.
“This ride is our way of paying tribute to the mates we have lost, and so today our riders will display their black bands in solidarity with their Victorian brothers and sisters in blue.” Commissioner Fuller said.
“Policing family bond is the strongest when we rally together to support one another.”
“Wall to Wall ride is just one way we continue to pay tribute, raise funds and support family, friends and colleagues of those lost in the line of duty.” Commissioner Fuller said.
After the official ceremony at New South Wales Police Remembrance Wall, the riders will depart at 8:20 am from Hospital Road at The Domain, stopping at the Police Training Academy at Goulburn before heading on to the National Police Memorial in Canberra.
2018 Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance is sponsored by the Police Bank, Transurban, QBE Insurance and the Centre for Road Safety Towards Zero campaign, the road safety campaign highlighting the human element of the road toll.
All funds raised during the Wall to Wall ride by the New South Wales contingent will go toward New South Wales Police Legacy.
New South Wales Police Officer Andrew Day
New South Wales Police Officer Andrew Day fell in the line of duty on 14 November 2003.
Editor Victor P Taffa knew Police Officer Andrew Day while swimming with the Balmain Leagues Swimming Club.
Police Officer Andrew Day was a great bloke to many including his father Bob Day who is a retired Police Officer and also swam with the Balmain Leagues Swimming Club.