COPS People News

Survivor Trustees and COPS Council

In the last couple of weeks we have been asking Survivors to consider joining the Board of Trustees. In the next few days, we will also be asking Survivors to consider joining the COPS Council. If you would like to be considered for either of these roles, please do get in touch. Closing dates are fast approaching and we want to hear from anyone who is interested. More information is in the documents section of the COPS website. I am looking forward to announcing the new Survivor Trustee and new COPS Councillors in the coming weeks.


Christine Fulton – Co-Founder Life Vice-President

One piece of people news that I can announce now is the appointment of Christine Fulton as Co-Founder Life Vice-President of COPS. The appointment recognises Christine’s role as Co-founder of the charity, her experience as first national president and willingness as an ever present volunteer. In this role Christine will continue to devote her time and energy to the charity and will provide support to the National President.


COPS Car – Richard Perkins and Bob Faulkner

We also have some volunteer retirements. After many years dedicated commitment to COPS and the COPS Cruiser Richard Perkins and Bob Faulkner are hanging up their COPS driving gloves. All of us at COPS would like to thank them for everything they have done driving and maintaining the car in support of the charity. This means that we are looking for somebody who is willing and able to keep, maintain and be responsible for the cruiser. If you are this person (or people) please get in touch with the office on


Tracy Walker

Finally, Tracy Walker is retiring from the COPS Council. Tracy has been involved with COPS from the start and has played a big part in making the charity the success that we are today. She has been a Trustee, Vice-President and throughout a dedicated volunteer for the charity. Our sincere thanks to Tracy for her enthusiasm and commitment for COPS.


Best wishes

Richard Kotulecki, CEO

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.

Thames Valley Police pays tribute to ‘iconic’ officer


THAMES Valley Police has paid tribute to DC Joe Mabuto, who collapsed and died at Milton Keynes Police Station on Tuesday 27 September.

He collapsed and sadly could not be resuscitated.

He is survived by his wife and two young children, who seek comfort from their extended family members in the UK and Zimbabwe.