Vic top officer to walk for mental health

Victoria's police chief commissioner is set to walk 1000 kilometres across the state in October to raise awareness for mental health issues affecting retired officers.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and a team from the Police Association of Victoria, led by Secretary Wayne Gatt, aim to raise at least $500,000 to support the Retired Peer Support Officer program.

"Police often leave the job experiencing mental health issues and although we are funded to support current employees, we don't look after our retired officers - that is a clear gap. I can't turn back the clock, but I can try to do something going forward to tackle the issue," Mr Ashton said in a statement on Monday.