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03 April, 2017

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April 03, 2017

National Police Memorial Day: We will remember them

More than 50 BTP officers are listed on the Police Roll of Honour, which commemorates those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

On Sunday the Chairman of BTP Federation, Nigel Goodband attended the National Police Memorial Day Service at St Paul's Cathedral with General Secretary, Darren Townsend and Treasurer, Graham Poyser.

During the hour-long service four candles were lit by relatives of fallen officers, including eight-year-old Abigail Phillips, daughter of Merseyside Police Officer, PC Dave Phillips. As The Last Post sounded thousands of petals, representing every lost life, fell from the central dome of the cathedral.

As guests left, three police helicopters and a fixed wing plane staged a flypast as a mark of respect and 59 police horses from across the UK paraded past the congregation.

Speaking immediately after the service, Nigel Goodband said: "As well as pausing to remember BTP colleagues and friends, officers from around the country were in our thoughts. The police family is exactly that: a family. Any loss hits us all hard and to be able to come together once a year for such a dignified and meaningful service is extremely important."