National campaign launches to remember fallen officers
17 May 2017
Computerised image of the new police memorial in Staffordshire
A campaign has been launched - at our annual conference in Birmingham - to raise money for a new police memorial in Staffordshire.
The memorial, conceptualised by the UK Police Memorial Trust, will be built at the National Memorial Arboretum and inscribed with the names of over 1,400 officers and staff from the police service who have died in the line of duty. The launch comes eight weeks to the day after the death of PC Keith Palmer who was murdered protecting Parliament in a terrorist attack in Westminster.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge is supporting the campaign, he said: “The United Kingdom is recognised around the world as the home of modern policing but, as recent events have reminded us, that rich heritage is interwoven with a history of sacrifice.
"The National Memorial Arboretum is a fitting place in which to pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of the policemen and women who have given up their lives, and the commitment and courage of all those who continue to serve. I am delighted to lend my support to this campaign to raise funds to honour the memory of the hundreds of fallen officers.”
Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, Patron of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, took to the stage and said: “PC Palmer’s death has put greater emphasis on the need to create a place where the nation can honour and commemorate our police service and where family, friends and colleagues of those killed on duty can go to carry out personal acts of remembrance.
“We need to establish a fitting memorial that recognises the vital contribution that policing makes to our society and acknowledges the courage and sacrifice made by police officers and police staff who have paid the ultimate price. That tribute must become part of the fabric of our national life.”
The memorial will consist of four distinct strands:
- The creation of a physical memorial inscribed with the names of officers and staff that will be placed within a beautifully landscaped remembrance garden.
- A digital memorial that uses the latest technology for honour and tribute that can be accessed from across the world.
- An education programme for use by schools and colleges that tells the story of policing and its place in today’s society, with an acknowledgement to those officers and staff who have died on a specific day.
- A living memorial fund that will support the families of officers and staff killed on duty in the future.
The memorial will cost £4m with £2.5m raised so far and is due to be completed by 2018/19.
This video represents a design concept:
Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said: “Every day, our police officers and staff work tirelessly to keep us safe and protect us from harm. They go out to work not knowing what they might face, but do so with the utmost professionalism and bravery. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
“It is entirely fitting that those officers and staff who give their lives in the line of duty should be remembered with a lasting tribute. The Government has already committed £1m towards this memorial and I hope the public also take this campaign to their hearts and recognise the importance of establishing a permanent place of remembrance.”
The fundraising campaign is being supported by national news talk radio station LBC and Express Newspapers.
LBC breakfast presenter Nick Ferrari, who officially launched the campaign on his show today (7-10am) live from our annual conference in Birmingham, said: “This is our opportunity to thank the brave men and women who stand on the front line for our security twenty-four hours a day, every day of the week and every week of the year.”
Police Federation Chair and trustee of the UK Police Memorial Trust, Steve White, added: “Our police officers face danger and some of life’s most unpleasant jobs in order that a civilised society such as ours can operate. We may sometimes take it for granted, but must always remember that while they all leave for work in the morning, a small number never ever make it home. The tragic death of PC Palmer last month brings this home to the nation and I hope people get on board with this campaign to provide a fitting tribute to the truly amazing men and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect the British public.”
Further information about the memorial, how to make a donation or take part in fundraising activities can be found on the UK Police Memorial Trust website.
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