This year’s National Police Memorial Day takes place on Sunday 25 September.
The event, which remembers police officers who have been killed or died on duty, demonstrates to the officers’ relatives, friends and colleagues that their sacrifice is not forgotten, and recognises officers’ courage and dedication to duty.
The day was founded in 2004 by retired Sergeant Joe Holness of Kent Police following the death of his colleague Police Constable Jon Odell.
In 2021 for National Police Memorial Day, we lit up Essex Police HQ in blue in memory of officers that have fallen.
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, who will be attending the memorial event in Belfast, said: “Today we recognise all our heroic colleagues who have died while protecting the public. Their dedication to duty and the courage they have displayed as police officers, volunteers and staff will never go unnoticed. “Our officers, staff and volunteers make sacrifices to protect and serve the people of Essex every day. I know today helps us all appreciate what they do, and also demonstrates our pride in our chosen profession and all those who have stepped forward to protect and serve our communities.”