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Police Family pays respects at National Police Memorial Day 2018

By DPF Admin1st October 2018August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Northern Updates, Southern Updates

Officers from the Ministry of Defence police joined thousands of colleagues to remember those who have died on duty.

The National Police Memorial Day was this year held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast and was attended by officers from across the UK.

Defence Police Federation General Secretary Mitch Batt and Welfare Officer Claire Batt were in attendance. Mitch said he was proud to be there to pay his respects. “We’re here to honour those officers that have fallen in the line of duty and it’s something which is just so important,” he said.

“It’s one of those events in the police calendar we look ahead to and it’s vital we come together as the police service to honour our colleagues.”

The ceremony was led by Reverend Canon David Wilbraham, National Police Chaplain, and was described by Home Secretary Sajid Javid as “an important and poignant reminder of the courage shown by the police each and every day.”

Candles from each of the four nations of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, were lit by loved ones to remind us of the undying flame of devotion and commitment, exemplified by those whom we remembered today.  

Representing Northern Ireland: Joseph Ferguson and Susan Ferguson O’Neill, brother and sister of Constable Michael John Ferguson, RUC, who was murdered by the IRA aged 21 years in 1993.

Mark Lindsay, Chair of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, read the names of the officers who have died in the last year:  Constable Steven Richard Jenkins, Gwent Police: Constable John Alcock, Grampian Police: Constable James Dixon, Thames Valley Police: Constable David Fields, South Yorkshire Police.

Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland George Hamilton said: “The National Police Memorial Day is a fitting tribute to police officers everywhere who have died in the course of their duties to protect the public.

“It is important and indeed only right that we take time to pause to remember our colleagues and friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives on duty protecting their communities.

“It is a privilege for the Police Service of Northern Ireland to have been able to welcome so many visitors to Belfast for this year's National Police Memorial Day.”

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