National Police Officers Roll Of Honour

The Trust was founded in 2000 after 20 years research into the Roll of Honour, paying tribute to some 5,000 British police officers who have been killed or died, on duty or as a result of duty, since the first recorded death on duty of a Constable in 1680. Research now includes British losses in Colonial and other UK administered overseas police forces, believed to number 1,000 or more. We will ensure newly discovered and future losses are also recorded.

The Roll includes officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty as a result of criminal acts, enemy action in air raids, misadventure whilst taking special risks to protect the public or make arrests, accidents whilst on routine patrol or travelling to and from duty, natural causes and unknown causes. It commemorates their sacrifice in the public service and provides a focal point and visible means for family and friends to reflect on the loss of their loved ones and to know that their loss is not forgotten.

Charity

The Trust is registered with the both  Charity Commission for England & Wales & Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and has the following charitable objects:

  • To foster good citizenship for the benefit of the public at large by the construction and maintenance of a Roll of Honour in remembrance of every police officer killed in the line of duty.
  • To advance the education of the public, and in particular the police, in the history of officers killed in the line of duty and officer safety by the maintenance of a comprehensive archive of information available to the public.
  • To relieve the need, in particular the emotional suffering, of bereaved families and friends of police officers who die or have died as a result of an injury received in the line of duty, by the provision of resources and services including care and support, advice and information.

We are committed to the creation of a National Police Officer's Memorial, on or in the vicinity of "The Beat" at the National Memorial Arboretum, consisting of a:

  • Police Monument
  • Memorial Wall inscribed with names of fallen officers
  • Book of Remembrance

National Resource

We provide the only authoritative archive of the subject we are able to provide information and advice to the public, researchers, police forces and related organisations and charities, both to remember and honour our fallen officers and to help promote officer safety by increasing knowledge and understanding of how fatalities occur. Through our Police Family Membership and links with associated charities, we are able to provide access to care and support for bereaved families and friends of deceased officers.

The Trust researches and maintains the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance for the benefit of the general public and all UK Police Services. We have provided or assisted with Rolls of Honour for many national and local police services and memorial organisations including:

  • National Police Memorial Day - Inaugurated in 2004, an annual national memorial service is held for families and colleagues on the Sunday nearest St Michael's Day. The Trust has provided the Roll of Honour for the commemorative booklet published at the service.
  • National Police Memorial - Built by The Police Memorial Trust in London, to 'Honour Those who Serve', displays a Roll of Honour provided, to their criteria, by the Trust and unveiled by HM The Queen in 2005, which pays special tribute to some 1600 officers killed by criminal acts, or in acts of gallantry, attempting arrests or other hazardous duty.
  • Other National Memorials - The Trust assisted with the Roll of Honour for the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Garden of Remembrance opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2003, and provided a Roll of Honour for the Scottish Police Memorial unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in 2004.
  • Other National Memorials - The Trust assisted with the Roll of Honour for the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Garden of Remembrance opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2003, and provided a Roll of Honour for the Scottish Police Memorial unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in 2004.



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