Support for new memorial for Welsh officers

Dyfed Powys Police Federation has voiced its support for a new National Welsh Police Memorial.

Branch chair Gareth Jones is backing an appeal by the Police Roll of Honour Trust to help fund the memorial, which will honour the heroic officers and staff who have given their lives to protect the people and communities of Wales.

More than 80 officers have died in the line of duty in Wales, but it’s the only country in the UK without a dedicated national police memorial.

Gareth explained: “It seems remiss that Wales does not have its own memorial for its fallen officers so we hope that people will get behind this fundraising appeal.

“Officers are dedicated to serving their communities and face dangers during the course of their duties. Sadly, sometimes they pay the ultimate sacrifice and it is important for us to recognise them and show the families they leave behind that they are never forgotten.

“We need the help and support of the police family to ensure that this planned memorial becomes reality.”

Students from the University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD) Swansea School of Architecture won a competition to design the memorial.

It will be located in Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff, close to the National Welsh War Memorial and National Welsh Falklands War Memorial.

John Giblin, vice-chair of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, said: “It’s intended the memorial will be funded by public and workforce fundraising and donations.

“Donations have already been received from the police family and are being held by the trust.

“We’re a small charity managed by volunteers, who are serving officers, retired officers and the relatives of fallen officers.

“The trust is rich in experience but poor on funding, so we make every penny count.”

Donate to the memorial.