Ready For A Busy Year

Denis Gunn

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 scenes for another busy year ahead.

‘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

6554 miles

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 walk around the Merseyside area.

Police Charities Join Forces

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Police charities united this week to improve access for officers and their loved ones.

More than 20 organisations attended the Police Charities UK launch, signalling their commitment to work in partnership and share best practice to provide the best support possible to the wider policing ‘family.’

A new website was also unveiled: , which will signpost those in need to the correct organisation.

National Police Chaplain, Revd Canon David Wilbraham, said: “Unfortunately, given the nature of policing, sometimes things go wrong. Police officers get injured or are sadly sometimes killed in the line of duty. There are several excellent organisations providing specialist help and treatment, and others who are there to pick up the pieces for families when officers are tragically killed. But sometimes it can be confusing knowing where to turn. Today is the start of a new joined up approach which will hopefully make it easier to access the services of various police charities.

“We have also included the Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish charities because there are no borders in the policing family and there have always been historical ties between the countries and our respective police forces.”

Also attending the event was the Director General of Crime, Policing and Fire Group Paul Lincoln who spoke of the Home Office’s support for the initiative.

Policing and Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Police charities play an incredibly important role in caring, rehabilitating and supporting police officers, staff and their families. Police Charities UK will help organisations across the voluntary sector work more collaboratively and further improve the valuable services they provide.

“Police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep our communities safe on behalf of the public, and in sad and tragic circumstances we must make sure they and their families receive support when they need it most.”

Police Charities UK was initiated by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) which hosted the launch at its HQ in Leatherhead, Surrey.

PFEW Chair Steve White said: “The charities involved will remain separate entities in their own right but in a sector with busy and varied demands, we identified a need to forge stronger relations between those carrying out this important work. Working together in this way will enable charities to identify common goals, avoid duplication and maximise resources at a time when budgets are increasingly constrained.”

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 stating your full name and the leg you would like to participate in.


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.