Annual Service of Remembrance is held for police officers who have lost their lives on duty

Care of Police Survivors (COPS) annual Service of Remembrance took place yesterday, Sunday July 28th in memory of all police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty in the UK.

Alison Jackson More than 1,000 people, including the surviving families of fallen officers, police staff and chiefs, and the public attended the powerful and incredibly emotive service.

The event brings together survivors and the wider police family to provide a valuable opportunity for people to reflect and remember their loved ones, friends and colleagues.

The annual service is organised by COPS, a national charity that supports the families of police officers and staff who have died on duty.

The event was held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and a Roll of Honour was read out to pay tribute to the five police officers who had died on duty during the past 12 months. 

Four family members who had lost loved ones addressed the gathering and spoke to share memories of their officers and talk about how they had been supported by COPS.

Despite last week’s heatwave and torrential downpours, before the service officers and survivors who took part in the Police Unity Tour (PUT), which involved more than 460 riders and their support teams cycling the length and breadth of the UK, rode into the Arboretum. Each cyclist rode in memory of an officer who lost their life on duty, as well as raising funds for COPS. This year the Unity Tour is set to raise more than £200,000.

The Blue Knights, a motorcycle club for police officers, also paid tribute to the fallen by riding into the site as part of the Blue Knights Law Ride.

The service was the conclusion of the charity’s annual Survivor Weekend, a two-day event bringing together the families of officers who have died on duty to form friendships and lasting bonds to help them through the good and bad times.

The weekend included an outing to Drayton Manor Theme Park for younger survivors, as well as relaxation sessions, craft workshops and more for the adults.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Alison Jackson who represented Cleveland Police at the service said: “I have attended this event for a number of years now and it is really important that we support the work of COPS.

“The service is very a family focused occasion and is a very special way to remember our colleagues that are sadly no longer with us.”