Members’ professionalism always on display during Covid operations

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by John Laird

It will have come as some relief to many of our members who have spent stretches of the Christmas and New Year period away from their families, that the deployment to guard Victoria’s borders amid the latest Covid outbreaks, has ended.

I visited 38 check points over the past six weeks and what I witnessed was a great deal of patience, acceptance and a willingness by members to sacrifice family time for the protection of the Victorian community.

There was nothing glamorous about the border deployment, and at times it was an unpopular rule that had to be enforced, much to the frustration of Victorians seeking to return from interstate. But, like many other aspects of policing during this pandemic, you did it with professionalism.

We hope that members can continue to return to their normal business-asusual duties from hereon, but we’re all very aware that that could change at a moment’s notice.

We are confident that our members will be ready to respond if and when it does.

Passing of Lionel Allemand

I’d also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to a an incredibly dedicated and influential figure in the history of our Association and the wider community, Lionel Allemand, OAM.

Lionel’s life in service to others is long and distinguished.

He was awarded his OAM in 2017 for services to the community.

He was a former President of the Association, his 18 years on the TPAV board made him one of our longest serving executive members.

He is a TPAV Life Member and was the first chairman of BankVic, serving in that role for 16 years and 26 years in total on the Board.

Lionel was incredibly active in serving his own community, being a former Mayor and councillor of the City of Doncaster and Templestowe, and later for Manningham City Council.

He held senior roles in countless community and policing organisations.

He remained active in many community organisations until the time of his passing.

He was a remarkable and very decent man, who fit a great deal into his 77 years.

Lionel leaves a legacy that few could match. Farewell and thank you.