Chief backs plans for national police memorial

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Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable has given his support to a national effort to recognise the sacrifice of the police officers and staff who have died in the line of duty.
A major campaign has been launched across the country today to help raise funds to build a new UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Staffordshire.
Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “I am constantly amazed by the courage and commitment shown by police colleagues here in Wiltshire Police and across the police service as a whole.
“These brave men and women are often described as those who run towards danger when others run away; this is an entirely accurate description.
“Each and every day officers put on their uniform and go out to keep their communities safe with courage, commitment and the highest levels of professionalism.
“They never know what they might face and yet they carry out their duty, serving the public with unfaltering pride and dedication.
“Fortunately for most officers they are able to return safely to their families at the end of a shift, sadly though, there are some who never see their loved ones again.
“It is right that we remember those who given their lives in the line of duty and the UK Police Memorial is a terrific project to honour them.
“Here in the communities of Swindon and Wiltshire we receive fantastic support from the public, which fills my colleagues and I with immense pride and gratitude.
“I fully support this memorial which will be a lasting symbol of the bravery of our colleagues and their sacrifice and would encourage anybody who wishes to help with the fundraising effort to donate to this wonderful cause.”
The memorial will see a physical memorial established, set in a beautiful landscaped garden, inscribed with the names of over 1,400 police officers and staff who have died from injuries they sustained whilst carrying out their lawful duties.
It will be the first memorial in the world to merge a physical and digital presence, which will tell the story of policing and those behind the badge who have paid with their lives.
Chair of the UK Police Memorial Trust, Sir Hugh Orde said: “The NMA is the place where the nation can go to remember our services and the men and women who have been killed in the course of their duty for their country.
“We need to establish a fitting memorial that recognises the vital contribution that policing makes to our society and acknowledges the courage and sacrifice made by police officers and police staff who have paid the ultimate price. That tribute must become part of the fabric of our national life.”
Further information about the Memorial, how to make a donation or take part in fundraising activity can be found at the UK Police Memorial website www.ukpolicememorial.org.
Anyone making a donation of more than £20 will receive a black and white wristband inscribed with the words ‘courage and sacrifice’.

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