‘Paul Will Be Greatly Missed By All Of Us’


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

6554 miles

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.


Tributes to popular Essex Police officer after on duty death


TRIBUTES have been paid after the on duty death of Essex Police Inspector Mark Estall on Thursday January 5.

Insp Estall, of the Force Support Unit, was on duty at our Boreham operational base when he was taken ill and despite the best efforts of his colleagues and those of the ambulance and air ambulance personnel who attended, he sadly died.

The 45-year-old officer had served with the force for nearly 27 years.

Tag Heuer join Forces with the British Police Service


Tag Heuer, in partnership with Andrew Michaels Jewelers of Newark, has just announced a project to produce a watch exclusively for those who serve or those that have served as officers, police staff or volunteers in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The watch is called the ‘Thin Blue Line’ and is available for a limited period of three months and will thereafter never be produced again.

Spouses’ Magical Mystery Tour


EIGHTEEN COPS spouses and partners hit Liverpool for the Spouses’ Weekend and it was a great success, writes Helen Walker.

On 7 October we all gathered and welcomed two new members Karen Parker and Sue Craggs. We caught up on the news and gossip, and congratulated Wendy on her marriage to Billy Harris. On the Saturday we all went on the Magical Mystery Tour where we sang along to Beatles’ songs such as Yellow Submarine and Yesterday.

Sharing Fond Memories With Other Survivors


ON a sunny morning on Friday 30 September, I set off for the beautiful Lake District, for the COPS Alternative Weekend, writes Don Speakman.

Arriving in Kendal in the early afternoon. The weather was still reasonable (for the Lake District) and I booked into our very lovely hotel. I met COPS President Denis and his wife, and we did a recce to find a venue for our evening meal.

Moving Forward Together


TO start by stating the obvious, COPS is a peer support charity. In essence that means that we rely on the goodwill, dedication and hard work of many volunteers to raise funds to make possible the support we are able to provide to Survivors.

My heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers who have given so much this year to raising funds, organising events, supporting Survivors and helping us make COPS a continuing success.

Get Involved With COPS


YOU’LL have seen that a large part of this newsletter is dedicated to the very successful Survivors’ Weekend at the end of July, which, for the first time, was based at Drayton Manor.

Once again the feedback tells us the weekend was “the best yet” which is, of course, very pleasing to hear. We are already looking with a view to improving again for next year.

Meet the new COPS team


ANN-MARIE Leighton joined COPS on 1 November, as the new Information and Communication Coordinator.

Ann-Marie has solid experience of creating and managing communications to a range of audiences, from young people in inner London to corporate partners, including brand updates and changes. She also brings project management experience.

Ann-Marie (pictured left) joins existing COPS staff members (pictured left to right) Sarah Williams, Finance Controller, who is responsible for the charity’s accounts.

Campaign continues to allow widows police pensions for life


A DELEGATION of police survivors has been to Parliament to lobby MPs into securing better pension rights for the partners of police officers who died on duty.

Widows and widowers from across the UK made the trip to the House of Commons on Wednesday 26 Oct. They are led by Kate Hall who has been campaigning for a change in legislation to allow widows and widowers whose lives have been blighted by 1987 Police Pension Regulations to remarry or cohabit without losing their pension rights.