HRH The Prince of Wales to attend National Police Memorial Day in Belfast

28 September 2014

National Police Memorial Day is honoured that our Patron, The Prince of Wales, will attend this year's service at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Sunday 28th September.
 
National Police Memorial Day is an annual remembrance event established to pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty since modern policing began.  It is supported by the Police Federation of England and Wales and attended by hundreds of family, friends and colleagues from across the UK policing family and Home Offices.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:
“Police officers go to work every day knowing that they could find themselves in danger, and sometimes they risk their very lives as they protect the public.  We owe a debt of gratitude to officers across the country who show bravery as a matter of course and in many cases while they are off duty.
 
“I am honoured to take part in National Memorial Day and to commemorate the police officers who have fallen.”

Sergeant Joe Holness QPM, Founder, National Police Memorial Day, said; “It brings together police forces, officers, colleagues, friends and family from across the country to remember and give recognition to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting us.  It is a day that is as profound now as it was 11 years ago when this event first started.” 

Steve White, chair, Police Federation of England and Wales said of the event; “Today is a poignant and significant day for the policing family as police officers throughout the United Kingdom gather together to pay tribute to our fallen colleagues.  Their dedication to duty and self-sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde said:
“Those who have given their lives in service to their communities must not and will not be forgotten. National Police Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to come together and remember those officers who put public service above their own safety, making the ultimate sacrifice for their bravery.”

Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said:
 
“National Police Memorial Day is a day for us all to reflect and to remember our policing colleagues who have sadly lost their lives.
 
“It’s also a day to feel exceptionally proud: proud to work alongside those who are prepared to give their lives to protect others, proud to wear the uniform and proud to be a police officer.
 
“It is my privilege to be here representing the Police Superintendents’ Association and to make the commitment to never forget those who have died. We should do our utmost every day to honour their memory by being the best police officers we can be.”
 
During the service candles will be lit by relatives who mourn their loved ones and in remembrance of officers throughout the country who have lost their lives.


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• Interviews with attending dignitaries must be requested in advance and by their designated press teams.
 
• If you are intending to cover the event, you will be required to register in advance in order to facilitate accreditation.  You will need to provide proof of identification. Please contact Melanie Davies on 07774 877812.
 
• National Police Memorial Day will take place at 3pm (seated by 2.30pm) at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.
 
• The Prince of Wales is the patron of National Police Memorial Day.
 
• National Police Memorial Day was founded by Sergeant Joe Holness QPM after his colleague was killed on duty.
 
• National Police Memorial Day is held each year on the nearest Sunday to Saint Michael’s Day, the patron saint of police. 
 
• Support from across the service and from police related charitable causes for the Memorial Day has been widespread. National Police Memorial Day is recognised by Government and Royalty as an official national day.
 
• National Police Memorial Day services have been held all over the United Kingdom to reflect the national contribution made by the police. The inaugural service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 3rd October 2004.