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Register to attend memorial day service

3 April 2024

West Midlands Police officers are being urged to register to attend the National Police Memorial Day service in Glasgow at the end of September.

The memorial day was founded by now retired Kent Inspector Joe Holness after his colleague Jon Odell was brutally killed in Margate in December 2000. The inaugural service was in St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Sunday 3 October 2004.

The event rotates around the four nations of the UK each year and this year will be held at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 29 September with Scotland taking over as hosts from Wales with the 2023 service being held in Cardiff.

“National Police Memorial Day recognises and honours our fallen colleagues, those who never returned to their families at the end of their shift, and in turn enables us to show those families that the police service never forget the officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and the ongoing impact that has had on the families left behind,” says West Midlands Police Federation chair Rich Cooke.

“Having attended the service a number of times myself now, I would encourage all officers to try to attend at least one of the memorial day services during their careers. They are very moving and poignant.”

Find out more and book your place.