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Police officers remembered at National Memorial Arboretum service

Posted in: Workplace Injuries Wrongful & Accidental Death 

As a convoy of police motorbikes headed the service of remembrance for lost members of the force this weekend, hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.  Ten officers were mentioned on a roll of honour as they had fatally died within the past year; these officers included PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, who were killed by Dale Cregan last September.

The two Greater Manchester PCs, PC Bone and PC Hughes, were killed in a gun and grenade attack after they answered a bogus 999 call made by Cregan last year.

The annual Care of Police Survivors (COPS) service was held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, where many Police representatives, and relatives of those lost, attended to remember the great work of the force.

Charity supports families of those lost in the line of duty

The service held on the weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the COPS charity’s work.  The charity works very hard to support families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

President Sue Brace said: “It has been a difficult year for the police service, and with the deaths of [PCs] Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes it has really highlighted to the community the job our police officers do every day.” 

She continued by saying how delighted she was that the chief constable of Great Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, had agreed to deliver the closing speech at the special 10th anniversary service.

Between 2005 and 2009 over 18,000 workplace injuries were sustained in the UK’s police service, a large percentage of which were down to ‘acts of violence’.

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