National campaign launched to remember fallen police officers

Officers, staff and public urged to help raise funds for new police memorial

​Officers, police staff and members of the public are being urged to back a campaign to help raise funds to build a new UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Staffordshire.

The memorial will be inscribed with the names of over 1,400 officers and staff from the police service who have died from injuries sustained whilst carrying out their lawful duties.

The memorial will consist of four areas:

  • The creation of a physical memorial inscribed with the names of officers and staff that will be placed within a beautifully landscaped remembrance garden.
  • A digital memorial that uses the latest technology for honour and tribute that can be accessed from across the world.
  • An education programme – for use by schools and colleges - that tells the story of policing and its place in today's society, with an acknowledgement to those officers and staff who have died on a specific day.
  • A Living Memorial fund that will support the families of officers and staff killed on duty in the future.

 

Chair of the UK Police Memorial Trust, Sir Hugh Orde, said: "PC Keith Palmer's death has put greater emphasis on the need to create a place where the nation can honour and commemorate our police service and where family, friends and colleagues of those killed on duty can go to carry out personal acts of remembrance.

"The NMA is the place where the nation can go to remember our services and the men and women who have been killed in the course of their duty for their country.

"We need to establish a fitting memorial that recognises the vital contribution that policing makes to our society and acknowledges the courage and sacrifice made by police officers and police staff who have paid the ultimate price. That tribute must become part of the fabric of our national life."

Further information about the memorial, how to make a donation or take part in fundraising activity can be found at the UK Police Memorial website.

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