ARARAT - Fifteen members of Victoria police have been honoured at a Western Region - Division 4 Awards ceremony held in Ararat.
The members were the recipients of various awards at the National Medal, Victoria Police Service Medal and National Police Service Medal Awards.
Held at the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre the event was attended by special guests, including Assistant Commissioner Jack Blayney.
Northern Grampians Shire Police Service Area, Acting Insp Wayne Barclay said the presentations are recognition not just for the officers who serve but also their family and friends.
"It is Victoria Police's annual acknowledgement and recognition of the efforts of its members," he said.
"Assistant Commissioner Blayney highlighted the important role family and friends play in the lives of those who were honoured."
The National Medal is awarded to all members of Australian Emergency Services and is awarded on behalf of the Governor General of Australia.
It represents 15 years of long service and good conduct throughout that service. A National Clasp is awarded to members after a further period of 10 years.
The Victoria Police Service Medal and Awards are awarded to both sworn and unsworn members in recognition of ethical and diligent service and are specific to Victoria Police.
They are presented on behalf of the Chief Commissioner. The Victoria Police Clasp is awarded to personnel after a further five year period.
The National Police Service Medal (NPSM) is awarded for ethical and diligent service of police officers. To be eligible, employees must have completed at least 15 years police service and have been serving on or after October 30, 2008.
Each of the awards is not presented 'as a right' by virtue of long service. They represent hard work, ethical behaviour, dedication to duty and professionalism.