Hampshire Police launches memorial to fallen colleagues

Posted on October 4, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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THE names of 61 Hampshire Constabulary officers who have died on duty were read out as they were remembered at the official launch of the force’s Police Memorial.

Families and friends of fallen officers joined serving officers of all ranks and chief officers past and present as the Memorial was officially unveiled in the sunshine at Netley. 

Hampshire Police Chairman John Apter spoke of his pride at the opening and was joined in saying a few words by Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney and Rose Drew, (pictured) whose son PC James Drew died on duty in 2009.

Rose said: “The memorial will keep alive the names of all the Hampshire officers who have died on duty – and that means an awful lot.

“It will also provide me with a place where I can come and be alone and think about James.”

Mr Apter said: “This is a really important piece of work and I am so proud to be able to unveil this long-awaited memorial to fallen officers from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

“It’s essential that those colleagues we have lost are never forgotten. This memorial wall is long overdue and much needed.”

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “We are forever indebted to our colleagues who put their lives on the line in the course of duty. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice and this memorial is a fitting tribute to their memory.

“I would like to personally thank John Apter and everyone who has been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.”

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