UK Police Memorial Fund is launched

 17/05/2017

​Today sees the national launch of the UK Police Memorial fundraising campaign, which aims to be a permanent tribute to officers and staff from the police service who have died while carrying out their duties.

The recent tragic events in Westminster and the death of PC Keith Palmer have put greater emphasis on the need to create a new memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire, where family, friends, colleagues and members of the public can carry out personal acts of remembrance.

 


The memorial will be inscribed with the names of over 1,400 officers and staff from the police service who have died from injuries they sustained whilst carrying out their lawful duties.

 

As well as the physical memorial there will be a digital version, an education programme for schools and colleges telling the story of policing and its place in today’s society, and  a  Living Memorial fund to help support the families of officers and staff killed on duty in the future.

Anyone who wants to know more about the UK Police Memorial, to make a donation or get involved in fundraising activity should visit the website www.ukpolicememorial.org

“Along with our colleagues in other forces, Durham Constabulary is proud to be supporting the campaign launched today. The memorial will be a fitting tribute to the courage of the men and women from the police service who sadly paid the ultimate price,” said Durham’s Deputy Chief Constable, Jo Farrell (pictured below).

 

 

The Government has already committed £1million to the project and a number of significant donations have already been made by other people.

 

 

“As we have seen from the death of PC Palmer, when an officer is murdered the public want to pay tribute and to commemorate the wider police service. We hope people will support this fundraising campaign and be willing to donate to such a worthy cause,” said DCC Farrell.