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04 Sep

Blue Ribbon Day 2019

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Please support Blue Ribbon Day

Blue Ribbon Day is 29 September, which coincides with National Police Remembrance Day. Blue Ribbon Day is a chance for the community to say thank you to those who put themselves in harm’s way, and ensure that those who have fallen are not forgotten.

We hope you will support our campaign to say thank you to Victoria Police officers for their work in serving & protecting our community whilst also remembering the 164 members who have died in the line of duty.

There are many ways for Victorians to support Blue Ribbon Day. You can  buy a Blue Ribbon or donate to the Blue Ribbon Day Appeal.  You could also share a thank you message to Victoria Police officers via social media using the hashtags #thankyouVicPol #BlueRibbonDay2019

15 Jul

2019 Blue Ribbon Foundation Award winners announced

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Top right – Neil Soullier and Shane Patton with Mark Kennedy and Mark Byers who accepted the 2019 Police Officer of the Year award on behalf of LSC Paula Allen Bottom Left – Mark Lewer, Natasha Lewer with Jett and Tess. The John Forbes Community Sport Award was posthumously awarded to Alan Lewer. Bottom Right – Community Service Award Winners – Somerville Junior Football Club with Neil Soullier and Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton

We value the opportunity to provide recognition for individuals, businesses and/or groups that make a significant contribution to the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and the community. On Tuesday 9 July 2019 our Chairman David Mann and CEO Neil Soullier were proud to present our 2019 Blue Ribbon Foundation Awards, the recipients were :

  • Community Service Awards – Somerville Junior Football Club, Gail Jenkins and Rodney Rigby.
  • Chairman’s Award Pat Boyle, Campbell Mill and Jenny Davis,
  • John Forbes Community Sports Award – Alan Lewer ,
  • Frank Green Memorial Award – Victoria Police Legacy,
  • Police Officer of the Year Award – Paula Allen

We also thank our guest speakers – Acting, Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, Squad 29 & 30 Constable Dain Fay and our MC Alexandra West from our Blue Ribbon Foundation – Mildura Branch. Thank you to Squad 29 & 30 who supported our event this morning, we wish them all success in their police career.

30 May

Memorial Dedication

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Today we were honoured to support the Memorial Dedication and award ceremony for Aimee Milne.

In July 1936, Senior Detective Milne and his wife Aimee were in bed by 11pm. At 3.20am the couple woke to find a bomb had been flung into their bedroom — Sen-Det Milne was the target.

Sen-Det Milne was seriously injured, but along with his two children, survived. Aimee Milne died at the scene.

Today, eight decades on, Mrs Milne is the first civilian to be awarded the prestigious Victoria Police Star. The honour was awarded by Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to acknowledge the unique and often unpredictable dangers of police work.

Although Mrs Milne was not a police member, investigations found her death was intrinsically linked to her husband’s work.

Family members were present today, for the grave dedication and to accept the Victoria Police Star from the Chief Commissioner.

16 May

Play for Purpose Raffle

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Play for Purpose is a not-for-profit raffle raising money for charities and sporting clubs.

Every ticket has a one in 34 chance of winning a prize with 7,500 prizes to win. It’s never been so much fun to make a difference so grab a Play For Purpose ticket at

With a one in 34 chance of winning $500,000 worth of prizes, and a minimum of 50% of every ticket you buy going directly to the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation. Play For Purpose is the ultimate win-win raffle.

30 Apr

Record crowds for the Angela Taylor Memorial Run Walk

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Marilyn and Arthur Taylor at the start line for the Angela Taylor Memorial Run Walk

The Angela Taylor Memorial Run Walk was held on Sunday 28 April. It was so pleasing, that 30 years after this event first started that we had almost 1000 registered which is a record number of participants.  It is wonderful to see such strong support for our Police service. We have many community, police and emergency service individuals and teams including the SES, Ambulance Victoria, Australian Federal Police, Crimestoppers, the Police Association and CFA joining us.

All proceeds from the event will assist in funding a Critical Circulatory Support Service at Eastern Health’s Box Hill Hospital in honour of Victoria Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. This new service will be led by Eastern Health’s Cardiology and Intensive Care Unit teams. The funding will deliver equipment and establish a training centre to enable Eastern Health to provide artificial heart-lung support. This new service will save lives.

Event Photographs :

20 Feb

Gippsland Branch donated to local hospital project

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Congratulations to our Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation – Gippsland Branch who yesterday donated $80,000 towards building stage 3 of the Gippsland Rotary Centenary House (GRCH). This is a community-based not-for-profit accommodation facility, for patients and their families who are attending the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

The Gippsland branch committee has done amazing work to raise the funds and we sincerely thank the local community for their wonderful support. This will be dedicated to Victoria Police Officer/s who have died in the line of duty. Further details on the dedication will be announced once stage 3 of the works is completed.

29 Jan

Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk

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Registrations are now open for the Angela Taylor Memorial Run Walk to be held on Sunday 28 April 2019.

For further details and registrations

13 Dec

Dedication – Constable Neil Clinch, VA

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This week, our Foundation was proud to honour the life and service of Constable Neil Clinch with a dedication ceremony at Northern Hospital. The new Paediatric Emergency High Acuity Unit at Northern Hospital named in his honour will help save precious young lives. We congratulate our Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation – Northern Metro Branch for their vision and commitment to see this dedication come to life.

Tragically, Constable Neil Clinch was killed whilst on duty – 5 April 1987 – he will never be forgotten.

Elvie Clinch (Neil’s mother) and the broader Clinch family joined us for the ceremony. Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett presented Elvie with Neil’s Police Valour Award, the highest police award for bravery. 


Details of the hospital dedication


02 Oct

Jersey Boys Charity Performance

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The international blockbuster musical JERSEY BOYS is coming to Melbourne in 2019 and will hold a very special one night performance dedicated to four important charities raising funds for great causes.

We are very fortunate to be one of the charities that will benefit from this special performance, with $50 of every ticket sale to be distributed between the four charities.

Jersey Boys Charity Performance tickets are now on sale for Friday 1 March 2019 at Regent Theatre, Melbourne. Tickets can be purchased here:…

JERSEY BOYS is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop sensations of all time. The musical features the Four Season’s hits including Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, and Can’t Take My Eyes off you.

27 Sep

Victoria Police Officers added to the Honour Roll

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This year Victoria Police recognises and remembers five police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while on duty.  These officers will be honoured with their place on the Police Memorial Honour Wall and the Honour Roll.

Click on names for further information on these Officers :