The UK’s fallen police officers and staff are to be honoured in a permanent memorial which is being unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in a dedication ceremony tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July).
Senior politicians, civic dignitaries, representatives from all police force across the country, policing charities and the families and friends of officers killed on duty will attend a special dedication ceremony at the arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.
Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones said: “This is a fitting tribute to all those who have lost their lives while trying to protect the communities they serve.
“Our members carry out their duties with dedication and professionalism, often in the most challenging of circumstances, and do so while putting themselves at risk every day.
“It is right that they are honoured in this way. It shows their families that their sacrifice is not forgotten.”
UK Police Memorial chair of trustees Sir Hugh Orde said: “Next Wednesday will be a historic day for our police service.
“After seven years of fund-raising 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.”
He added: “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 National Memorial Arboretum is the nation’s place of year-round remembrance. It is home to almost 400 memorials, including the National Armed Forces Memorial, and attracts more than 300,000 visitors per year.
Members of the public can watch the event live online through the memorial website www.ukpolicememorial.org.