‘We have lost one of our own as he acted to protect the public’

Keith Palmer

TRIBUTES have been paid to Met Police officer PC Keith Palmer – who died on duty in London protecting Parliament from a terrorist attack.

PC Keith Palmer – a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command – was 48 years old, had 15 years’ service and was a husband and a father.

“He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift and he had every right to expect that would happen,” said Mark Rowley, the national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing and the Acting Deputy Commissioner.

Leicestershire Police pays tribute to ‘dedicated bobby’

PC Austin Jackson

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Leicestershire Police officer who has died on duty.

PC Austin Jackson, 38, was taken ill and died at work on 16 March. He joined the force in 2007 and leaves behind his wife and four children.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Austin was always a professional and well-liked police officer who embedded himself in the St Matthew’s community.‎

‘I Knew I Wouldn’t Be Alone’

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A TEENAGER has told how COPS helped him rebuild his own shattered life after his police officer father died.

Nathan Dent’s father, the Met’s PC Chris Dent, died on duty on 22 April 2009, aged just 36. PC Dent left behind his wife and three children. Nathan was just 10 at the time.

“When my dad died, I didn’t want to go to school, I didn’t want to leave the house, I didn’t want to leave my room,” he said.

Our Super Supporters: Dynamic Duo

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Hardip Atwal has been a Special Constable in Scotland for 12 years. Graham Smith has 19 years’ police service and works in Police Scotland’s Serious Crime Division. Together, they have raised thousands of pounds for COPS.

Q. Thank you for all you do in support of COPS. How did you first hear about COPS and what made you want to support us?

A. We have been aware of COPS and the fantastic work it does for a number of years.

Our 2020 Vision

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SURVIVORS have steered the progress we have made as a charity in the last 18 months. In the coming months, I will be asking you to once again take part in a wide ranging consultation – this time adjusting your foresight to perfect 2020 vision.

In summer 2015, we conducted an in-depth consultation to understand how Survivors viewed COPS and what Survivors wanted from the charity.

Ready For A Busy Year

Denis Gunn

I USED to think that the winter months were a relatively quiet time for our charity, with most events taking place in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

I can, however, assure you I was wrong, for the past few weeks have been far from quiet with a great deal of preparatory work going on behind the scenes for another busy year ahead.

‘Paul Will Be Greatly Missed By All Of Us’

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MERSEYSIDE Police PC Paul Briggs sadly died on 21 January, 18 months after suffering serious injuries in a collision.

Paul joined Merseyside Police in 2004, following in his father’s footsteps by choosing a career in policing after leaving the Army.His first posting was in Wallasey. From there, Paul joined the Roads Policing Unit in 2007.

Dave Phillips Memorial walk to raise money for COPS

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A MERSEYSIDE police officer will walk 65.54 miles in 24 hours to raise money for Care of Police Survivors.

PC Mark Hobin and his wife Leanne are taking on the challenge in memory of Merseyside PC Dave Phillips, whose collar number was 6554. The event will take place on Saturday 25 March, when the pair will walk around the Merseyside area.

Police Charities Join Forces

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Police charities united this week to improve access for officers and their loved ones.

More than 20 organisations attended the Police Charities UK launch, signalling their commitment to work in partnership and share best practice to provide the best support possible to the wider policing ‘family.’

A new website was also unveiled: www.policecharitiesuk.org , which will signpost those in need to the correct organisation.

National Police Chaplain, Revd Canon David Wilbraham, said: “Unfortunately, given the nature of policing, sometimes things go wrong. Police officers get injured or are sadly sometimes killed in the line of duty. There are several excellent organisations providing specialist help and treatment, and others who are there to pick up the pieces for families when officers are tragically killed. But sometimes it can be confusing knowing where to turn. Today is the start of a new joined up approach which will hopefully make it easier to access the services of various police charities.

“We have also included the Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish charities because there are no borders in the policing family and there have always been historical ties between the countries and our respective police forces.”

Also attending the event was the Director General of Crime, Policing and Fire Group Paul Lincoln who spoke of the Home Office’s support for the initiative.

Policing and Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Police charities play an incredibly important role in caring, rehabilitating and supporting police officers, staff and their families. Police Charities UK will help organisations across the voluntary sector work more collaboratively and further improve the valuable services they provide.

“Police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep our communities safe on behalf of the public, and in sad and tragic circumstances we must make sure they and their families receive support when they need it most.”

Police Charities UK was initiated by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) which hosted the launch at its HQ in Leatherhead, Surrey.

PFEW Chair Steve White said: “The charities involved will remain separate entities in their own right but in a sector with busy and varied demands, we identified a need to forge stronger relations between those carrying out this important work. Working together in this way will enable charities to identify common goals, avoid duplication and maximise resources at a time when budgets are increasingly constrained.”

Dave Phillips Memorial Walk

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On Saturday 25th March 2017, Mark and Leanne Hobin will attempt to walk 65.54 miles in memory of PC Dave Phillips and they need you.  They are looking for a total of 300 people to join them 6-mile leg of their walk around Merseyside, where PC Phillips served as an officer.

Mark said: “…6554 was Dave’s personal identification number. The event has been sanctioned by the family and COPS continue to support them so we would like to do our bit back. But we need your help.”

The route will take in St.Helens, Sefton, Liverpool and the Wirral.  ”We would like 25 people at a time to join us at different stages and walk with us for 6 miles before you swap with another 25 people who can then walk with us.”

It’s open to all ages and abilities. You will need to make a donation of £10 to secure your place.  If you think you can take on the challenge, please contact Mark Hobin at thelittlesthobo24@yahoo.co.uk stating your full name and the leg you would like to participate in.