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