Victims of Cyprus Emergency honoured with memorial stone

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A MEMORIAL has been officially unveiled at the National Arboretum to remember the lives of the civilian police officers and British servicemen who died during the Cyprus Emergency of 1955.

A total of 392 people died during the four-year conflict, and their names have been immortalised in the Cyprus Rock Memorial.

The four-tonne piece of Cypriot rock, containing a time capsule in which the names of the 370 ser-vicemen and the 21 British police officers are recorded, was unveiled at a ceremony on 21 August.

Memorial unveiled for Blackpool police officer killed on duty

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A MEMORIAL to a police officer who was killed on duty in Blackpool 45 years ago has been unveiled.

Supt Gerry Richardson was shot as he tackled a gunman following an armed robbery on a jewellery shop in the resort.

The memorial has been placed at his former grammar school, which is now Aspire Academy.

Volunteers take on 30-mile ‘yomp’ to raise money for COPS

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EIGHTEEN hardy volunteers have taken on a 30 mile ‘yomp’ through Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills to raise money for Care of Police Survivors.

Organised by serving police officers Lee Gosling and Simon Guilfoyle, the volunteers set off on Saturday 20 August from the tiny village of Kirknewton, at the northernmost tip of the Northumberland national park, laden with 30lb backpacks.

COPS 30 Miler

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The COPS 30 miler is a 30 mile, load-bearing ‘yomp’ across rugged Northumberland countryside, with participants running alongside the Royal Marines. The event is the idea of Simon Guilfoyle and Lee Gosling, both serving Police Inspectors, who have secured official endorsement and logistical support from the Royal Marines.

Officers depart on the fourth UK Police Unity Tour

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OFFICERS from across the UK were in London today at the launch of the Police Unity Tour cycle ride this morning at the National Police Memorial.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey and Assistant Commissioner Helen King were among those wishing the cyclists well on their 180 mile journey. The tour raises money for Care of Police Survivors – and arrives at the charity’s Service of Remembrance in Staffordshire on Sunday.

Fallen officers and their families honoured at COPS Service

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POLICE officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice – and their surviving family members – have been remembered at the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Annual Service of Remembrance.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 31 July to pay respects to officers who have died on duty. The service in Staffordshire – bathed in sunshine – was attended by more than 750 people.

Met remembers colleagues murdered on duty 50 years ago

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SERVING and retired police officers joined the families and friends of three police officers who were murdered on duty – to commemorate 50 years since the tragic event.

They were remembering Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, 30; Detective Constable David Wombwell, 25; and, PC Geoffrey Fox, 41, who were shot dead in Braybrook Street in Shepherd’s Bush on 12 August 1966.

President’s Article: Time To Come Together

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IT SEEMS no time at all since I was writing in last summer’s newsletter about the upcoming Survivors’ Weekend, and here we are again. This year, Survivors’ Weekend will be at Drayton Manor Hotel, where we hope to provide a more intimate event than in recent years.

It has already been a busy year, with some significant changes to the structure of COPS – and more to come.

See below/Click here to see Denis’s full article. 

Inspirational Survivor Clodagh Is Grateful to COPS

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CARE of Police Survivors does not put a time limit on sadness, said Survivor Clodagh Dunlop as she prepares to take part in this year’s Service of Remembrance.

Clodagh, a Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, became a police officer after hearing stories about her uncle, Reserve Constable Clifford Evans, who was killed on duty aged 30 on 5 January 1976.

She and her cousin John will be reading during the wreath-laying ceremony at the COPS service.

Counselling support available for all bereaved families

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COPS is delighted to announce a new partnership with RedArc to provide counselling support for families bereaved by the loss of their Police Officer.

The partnership means that all COPS families will be able to access the full range of support from Red Arc’s Personal Nurse Advisors. For more information about the partnership and support available visit the COPS website: http://www.ukcops.org/partnerships.php