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COPS Statement regarding the UK Police Memorial (published 24th May)

Care of Police Survivors fully support the building of a UK Police Memorial in a way that is representative of all officers who have died on duty. The view of the majority of bereaved fallen officers’ families, serving officers and retired officers, is that the new UK Police memorial should include, in a tangible and […]

A COPS History of the UK Police Memorial #allnames

Following the experience leading up to the unveiling of a Police Memorial at Horse Guards Road j/w The Mall, London 2005), the families of officers who died on duty sought support to erect a more “representative” memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. Despite several meetings there was insufficient funding, senior leadership or support to […]

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

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 […]

Leicestershire Police pays tribute to ‘dedicated bobby’

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 […]

‘I Knew I Wouldn’t Be Alone’

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 […]

Our Super Supporters: Dynamic Duo

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 […]

Our 2020 Vision

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 […]

Ready For A Busy Year

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 […]

‘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 to raise money for COPS

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 […]