Country comes together in memory of fallen police officers

21 September 2017

Memorial Day

Now in its 14th year, this day of remembrance, with Royal Patronage, brings together UK and overseas police forces and families to commemorate police officers who have died or been killed in the line of duty.

The dangers officers face and the sacrifices they make in the course of their duties have been brought into sharp focus this year with recent unimaginable atrocities. 

National Police Memorial Day marks the loss of more than 4,400 officers since modern policing began and the names of officers lost in the last 12-months will be read aloud during the service. 

Officers being remembered will include DC Joe Mabuto, Thames Valley Police; Inspector Mark Estall, Essex Police; PC Paul Briggs, Merseyside Police; PC Austin Jackson, Leicestershire Constabulary; PC Keith Palmer GM, Metropolitan Police; and PC Gareth Browning, Thames Valley Police.

The day will include:

•    A planned flypast by the National Police Air Service
•    Police officers reaffirming their attestation
•    Candles being lit by relatives of fallen officers, signifying the lives lost in the police forces  of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
•    A shower of petals to commemorate lives lost, followed with the Piper’s Lament and sounding of the Last Post

Steve White, Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “The dedication and commitment of police officers throughout the country is second to none.  Even more remarkable is their resolve in the face of continuing danger and tragedy. 

“The past twelve months have sadly brought this in abundance with the loss of too many friends and colleagues.  Their sacrifice and loss is felt far and wide.

“I am proud to take part in the National Police Memorial Day service which is a special and significant day of remembrance to honour those whose self-sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

National Police Chaplain, Canon David Wilbraham said:  “I have had the privilege to lead the National Police Memorial Day service for eight years and know how important it is to the friends and families who attend year on year, to ensure that the sacrifices of their loved ones are never forgotten.  This day provides solace and support for many. 

“I reflect when I conduct or attend funerals for our fallen officers that in the minds of colleagues attending are two thoughts. Firstly, respect for a fallen colleague and support for their loved ones; secondly the inner acknowledgement ‘it could have been me’ for I know that each officer present would do that to protect the most humble and lowly of our citizens.”