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Gwent Police Federation

Memorial day: “We remember, respect and appreciate”

18 September 2023

The Chief Constable of Gwent Police says National Police Memorial Day is a reminder of the brave work police officers and staff do every day to serve and protect the public.

Pam Kelly will join representatives of the Force and Gwent Police Federation, as well as colleagues from across the UK, at this year’s service to pay their respects and to remember those officers who have been killed or died in the line of duty.

Wales is hosting National Police Memorial Day on Sunday (24 September), with the service taking place at the New Theatre, Cardiff. Doors open at 12.30pm, with everyone asked to be seated by 1.30pm for the service to start at 2pm.

The Chief Constable said: “I hope that those attending will have a wonderful Welsh welcome. I am delighted that the event is in Wales.

“It gives us time to remember and reflect on our brave officers that have given their lives while serving.

“We remember, respect and appreciate. It also reminds us of the brave work that our staff across policing do every day to keep communities safe.”

The Chief said the day was “essential” for the families, friends and colleagues of fallen officers, as she explained why the day was special to her.

“I remember colleagues that I have known, and whose families I know, who are no longer with us,” she said.

“My point of focus is always on their bravery and the loss that families have felt and continue to feel.

“The Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum is always something that I picture in my mind as I feel that is such a wonderful place and a fitting memorial to our lost colleagues.”

The National Police Memorial Day is rotated around the four nations of the United Kingdom and is held on the closest Sunday to 29 September, which is St Michael’s Day, the patron saint of policing.

First held in 2004, it is supported by royalty, government and UK police services. It provides a dignified and sensitive service of remembrance to honour the courage and sacrifice of the almost 4,000 police officers who have been killed on duty.

An online tribute wall has been launched for people to add their own messages to remember fallen officers.

And CC Kelly encouraged officers to use the day to take a moment to remember fallen officers.

I’d encourage officers to attend the service to feel a part of the policing family,” she said. “However, even if people are unable to attend, it would be lovely if people just spent time thinking about our fallen officers on this day.”

Visit the National Police Memorial Day website for more information including how to book your place at the service.