Hundreds of police are riding to Canberra on motorbikes on Saturday to remember fallen colleagues, including Sydney’s recently slain detective William Crews.
“This ride’s been a long time in the planning. Having said that it couldn’t have come at a more important time for us as a profession,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters in Sydney. He is among more than 600 police officers expected to arrive at Canberra’s National Police Memorial Wall on Saturday afternoon. A contingent of around 200 NSW police set off from Sydney at 9.30am (AEST) as part of the first ever Wall to Wall motorbike ride, in memory of all Australian police officers killed on duty. Among them was Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tofirst ever Wall to Wall motorbike ride, in memory of all Australian police officers killed on duty.ny Negus, acting Tasmania Commissioner Darren Hine and Northern Territory Commissioner John McRoberts. A group of about 50 officers from Perth, who have spent the week riding across the country, will meet them on the way. More officers from Victoria and Canberra will also meet the ride just outside Canberra, before the whole group rides past Parliament House, stopping at the memorial wall. Money raised by the ride will go to the Police Legacy fund. The West Australian police riders are raising money for the sick daughter of a colleague. There are 249 names of police officers killed in the line of duty on the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance. William Crews, 26, promoted posthumously to detective after being shot during a botched drugs raid in Sydney on September 8, will become the 250th.