New UK Police Memorial honours fallen officers
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As the new UK Police Memorial is unveiled today (Wednesday 28 July) at the National Memorial Arboretum, we joined forces across the UK for a one-minute's silence in honour of our fallen colleagues.
Chief Constable Ben-Julian (BJ) Harrington, who is attending the special dedication ceremony in Staffordshire, paid his respects and said:
“Our officers bravely put their safety at risk every day to protect others and keep their communities safe.
“The heroism of those who have made the greatest sacrifice while on duty will forever be remembered and we hold both them and their families dearly in our hearts.”
The UK Police memorial has been designed to be a physical tribute and permanent place of remembrance for police officers and staff who have died serving UK policing.
The 12-metre-tall brass tribute sits within a beautifully 25 metre landscaped area and leaf-shaped apertures on the memorial give the impression of falling leaves to represent service, sacrifice and lives lost.
Since 1749 and the establishment of the Bow Street Runners as the country’s first recognised police force, almost 5,000 police officers and staff have died whilst policing our communities, over 1,500 through acts of violence.
The National Memorial Arboretum is the nation’s place of year-round remembrance for all services and is home to almost 400 thought-provoking memorials.