Forces to unite to honour fallen officers

Police forces in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will join together to remember fallen colleagues later this month.

The unified act of remembrance will take place at 11am on Monday 27 September, the day after a service marking National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) at Lincoln Cathedral.

Footage from the service, which will have restricted numbers due to Covid-19, will be made available to all police forces for use in the Monday commemoration.

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones says: “While it is disappointing that coronavirus restrictions mean we cannot all come together in person to remember our fallen colleagues, we can still stand together in unity and respect to pay tribute to all those who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.

“Whatever force we belong to, we are all one policing family, and coming together in a unified act of remembrance is a powerful way to express this.”

The act of remembrance will be the culmination of a planned weekend of events marking NPMD, beginning with the lighting up of several landmark buildings in blue on Saturday 25 September. This will include Lincoln Cathedral.

The Sunday memorial service from the cathedral is invitation-only, but the event will be recorded and streamed on the NPMD website from 4pm that day.

A virtual tribute wall is also now open on the website, allowing friends and family to leave messages commemorating those they have lost.

Visit the NPMD website to leave a tribute.