PCCs back ‘Elizabeth Medal’ for officers killed on duty

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have joined the Federation in calling for a posthumous medal for officers killed in the line of duty.

The campaign has been led by Bryn Hughes and Paul Bone, fathers of Greater Manchester PCs Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone, who were murdered on duty after attending a call out 10 years ago.

Now 26 PCCs have added their names to a letter to Home Secretary Suella Braverman endorsing the idea of an ‘Elizabeth Medal’ similar to the Elizabeth Cross which is awarded to fallen members of the Armed Services.

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones said: “I am pleased to see PCCs supporting this campaign. Just like our Armed Forces, police officers put their lives on the line while carrying out their duties. Where they pay the ultimate price while doing so, they should be honoured in the same way as military personnel are.

“A medal – particularly one named after our late Queen Elizabeth who exemplified public service – would be a fitting tribute to our fallen colleagues and would, I am sure be welcomed by their families.”

The campaign is also backed by the Police Superintendents’ Association.