Service to honour fallen colleagues

South Wales Police Federation chair Steve Treharne says the National Police Memorial Day is a chance to pay respects to colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year’s service takes place at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast at 2pm on Sunday (25 September). The impact of the pandemic means it will be the first time in two years everyone will be able to attend in person to pay their respects.

The memorial day includes a tribute wall for people to add their own messages remembering officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Steve said: “A lot of work goes into the National Police Memorial Day – it’s one of the key dates in the policing calendar.

“It’s a chance for us to come together to pay our respects to our colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our communities and to show our support for their loved ones.

“The tribute wall also provides a way of remembering officers and paying our respects.”

The South Wales Federation branch will be represented at the service by regional rep Leigh Godfrey.

National Police Memorial Day was first held in 2004 and has been held at the end of September each year since. It rotates around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It provides a dignified and sensitive service of remembrance to honour the courage and ultimate sacrifice of the almost 4,000 police officers who have been killed on duty.

Federation representatives, chief officers and the Home Secretary usually join the families of fallen officers at the service.