COPS statement on proposals for National Police Memorial

Posted on March 1, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

COPS plaque

POLICE officers across the UK risk their lives every day to keep people safe and very sadly some make the ultimate sacrifice.

When they do, it is vital that the nation remembers them and also the loved ones they leave behind.

The initial designs for a new National UK Memorial to honour fallen police officers at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire have been revealed.

It will transform a corner of the Arboretum into a tranquil setting where we will be able to reflect on personal sacrifice and foster a deeper understanding of British policing.

The proposed plans bring together both a physical and digital memorial. It has yet to be decided if the names of fallen officers will be physically enshrined at this memorial.

Care of Police Survivors is aware of the understandably strong feelings surviving family members have over fallen police officers being named at the new Police Memorial. And many families who have lost loved ones continue to highlight the importance of this.

It is important to emphasise that we understand the inclusion of names is still being considered. In the meantime, Care of Police Survivors will continue to encourage the Memorial’s design team and Trustees to meet the needs of surviving families and friends by including fallen officers’ names.

We have been – and will continue to – work with the Memorial’s Trustees to make sure our Survivors’ concerns are heard.

COPS Founder Christine Fulton is compiling the views of families. We would ask anyone who has views on the new memorial to contact her on christine.fulton@ukcops.org and we will ensure these are passed on.

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