Prince Charles unveils new memorial to honour fallen police officers

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HERO police officers and staff from across the UK who have died while protecting the public are commemorated in a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire which has been unveiled by Prince Charles today.

The new UK Police Memorial honours the courage and sacrifice of all those from across the police service who have dedicated their lives to protecting us and has been commemorated at a special ceremony at the Arboretum this afternoon (Wednesday).

The ceremony was attended by hundreds of guests including dignitaries, senior politicians, representatives from all police force across the country, policing charities and the families and friends of officers killed on duty. The public are able to view the ceremony online through the memorial website www.ukpolicememorial.org.

Sir Hugh Orde, Chair of Trustees, said:

“After seven years of fundraising and 12 months of construction, we can finally dedicate this beautiful and iconic memorial that pays tribute to the courage and sacrifice of all those police officers and staff who have paid the ultimate price.

“The 12-metre-tall brass memorial,  with its leaf shaped apertures representing courage, sacrifice and lives lost, is set within a beautifully landscaped area, and has been designed for ceremony, tribute and personal acts of reflection.

“As a nation, we owe all those who have laid down their lives to keep us safe and protect us from harm a huge debt of gratitude. This memorial will ensure that the memory of those officers and staff who have died lives on in perpetuity.”

Since 1749 and the establishment of the Bow Street Runners as the country’s first recognised police force, almost 5,000 police officers and staff have died whilst policing our communities, over 1,500 through acts of violence.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the nation’s place of year-round remembrance for all our services. It is home to almost 400 thought provoking memorials, including the National Armed Forces Memorial, and attracts over 300,000 visitors per year.

Sir Hugh added:

“This magnificent tribute to fallen police officers and staff has only been made possible thanks to the considerable generosity of our supporters, donors and benefactors. This is a place that will not only honour the courage and sacrifice of the men and women from our police service, but it will become a fitting tribute to honour all those who continue to serve.”

The public can participate remotely by logging on to the memorial website and visiting the Dedication page.

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