About 100 Queensland riders are expected to join the Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance this year.
The two-day motorcycle ride honors officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, while promoting safe and responsible motorcycling and raising awareness for Police Legacy.
Motorcycle riders from around the country who are off duty police officers, police service members or family and friends journey to the National Police Memorial in Canberra where a national memorial service will be held on Saturday September 15.
At 8am on Thursday the Queensland contingent of motorcycle riders will gather at the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Academy Eternal Flame Memorial at Oxley for the Commissioner’s baton handover ceremony before departing on their journey to Canberra.
Ethical Standards Command Assistant Commissioner Paul Doyle will again be amongst the off-duty QPS officers who have volunteered their time to participate in the ride.
“The Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance honours police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. While the QPS is fortunate not to have lost any officers in the past year, it remains vital not to forget past sacrifices and acknowledge the duties and the risks that police officers face every day,” Assistant Commissioner Doyle said.
“The ride will also promote road safety and motorcycle awareness while raising money for Australian police legacies.”
A hand carved timber baton was presented to the Commissioner for each state in 2011. The Commissioner’s baton is transported to the National Memorial each year and the QPS baton will be escorted by Assistant Commissioner Doyle for this year’s ceremony.
The group will arrive in Tamworth on Thursday afternoon where they will join their southern counterparts for an informal function in memory of NSW officer Senior Constable David Rixon who was tragically killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
“On Friday we will ride in convoy with NSW officers to Sydney to link up with officers from all over the country,” Senior Sergeant Bradyn Murphy said.
“The Commissioner’s baton will be handed over at the National Police Memorial to be placed along side the batons from the other jurisdictions.
“Last year the QPS baton contained the names of Sergeant Daniel Stiller and Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding on a scroll fitted inside the handle,” Senior Sergeant Murphy said.
A function will be held following the Wall to Wall Ride Memorial Ceremony in a display of solidarity and camaraderie between police from all Australian states.
All registration fees and funds raised from the ride are donated to Police Legacy with a total of around $60,000 being donated last year.
The Commissioner’s baton ceremony will be held prior to National Police Remembrance Day which is recognized throughout the country on September 29. This day falls on a Saturday this year, so many services throughout Queensland will be conducted on September 28.