Fallen Officers Honoured in Police Memorial

24 February 2016

Police Memorial

The design of a new memorial to honour fallen police officers has been revealed.

The new memorial serves to pay tribute to the dedication, courage and sacrifice of more than 4,000 police officers in the United Kingdom who have given their lives in the line of duty.

The design was announced by the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust at an event at Draper's Hall in London on Wednesday 24 February. The memorial will stand in the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Alrewas, Staffordshire and is due to be completed in 2017.

Concepts for the new UK Police Memorial followed an extensive period of consultation with Police ‘family’ stakeholders. The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) provided a gift in kind by supporting the production and printing of a memorial brochure to tie in with the event. 

The memorial will complement others around the country, notably the National Police Memorial at the Mall in London, and The Beat and the Police Memorial Garden, which are already located at the Arboretum.

Steve White, Chair of the Federation and an Arboretum Memorial trustee, said:  “It is a privilege to be involved in the project and to support the development of a memorial which will truly honour the sacrifice and duty of so many officers.” 

The memorial will comprise four elements:-

- A physical memorial at the NMA that will honour the fallen and pay tribute to the sacrifice of those who have served, and continue to serve our nation and our communities. It will be a timeless memorial, marrying digital and physical aspects, and will remain relevant for years to come.

- The Beat and the Memorial Garden will be refreshed and elements incorporated in the new Memorial creating a space for quiet contemplation.

- A Digital Memorial, creating a world-leading truly interactive experience at the Memorial and also extending its reach beyond those who visit, to national and international audiences.

- A Living Memorial that will work in partnership with organisations, such as the National Association of Chaplains to the Police, to make resources available to support the families of the fallen as these tragic events occur.

Sir Hugh Orde, Chair of the trust said:  “We have reached a major milestone in our project in being able to reveal an innovative and apt design for the new Memorial. We are equally delighted that we have achieved more than half of the £4 million needed to design, build and maintain the Memorial. 

"A year ago the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, announced a generous and welcome £1 million grant to the project from the Libor fund. Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, we have been able to match that with a further £1 million plus. We have a long way to go to realise our plans and invite everyone to join us in our tribute to the brave men and women of the finest Police service in the world.”

The next stage of the project will be for the Police Arboretum Memorial trustees to decide how the names of officers will be dealt with. The policy to define this decision making process will be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the Board.

To find out more about the project and how to support it, go to www.ukpolicememorial.org