Moving Forward Together

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

COPS welcomes an Information and Communication Coordinator

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ANN-Marie Leighton will be joining COPS from 1 November, as the new Information and Communication Coordinator.

Ann-Marie joins the charity from the Roundhouse Trust in London, an organisation that uses the arts to engage with young people. She has also worked for Red Letter Days and 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.

COPS disappointment at Police Memorial names decision

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STATEMENT from Care of Police Survivors following the announcement by the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust regarding names on the UK Police Memorial.

COPS expresses its disappointment at the decision.

Click here/see below for full statement.

Service honours fallen officers at National Police Memorial Day

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THE daughter of PC Dave Phillips lit a candle as police officers who have died on duty were remembered at this year’s National Police Memorial Day in London.

Prince Charles attended the 13th annual event as it returned to St Paul’s Cathedral. Around 4,000 officers were remembered and the names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice over the past year were read out.

Tributes paid to Thames Valley Police officer

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A THAMES Valley Police officer collapsed and died at Milton Keynes Police Station yesterday morning (Tuesday 27 September).

The officer collapsed and sadly could not be resuscitated.

The officer is not being named by police at this stage.

Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross said yesterday: “This morning a serving police officer was taken ill at his desk in Milton Keynes Police Station.

Hampshire Police launches memorial to fallen colleagues

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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.