UK Police Memorial Dedication Ceremony – 28 July 2021
The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust has built a memorial to policing at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those from the UK police service who have given their lives to protect us all.
The Arboretum is the place of year-round national remembrance for all UK services and is visited by 300,000 people a year, including a number of school parties.
There are more than 400 thought-provoking memorials across the site, but until now there has been no fitting tribute at the Arboretum that honours the fallen from the UK police service.
On Wednesday 28 July there will be a dedication event which will be attended by the families of those officers who have fallen, the Prime Minister, Royal Family and all chief constables, along with guest performers Katherine Jenkins OBE and the British Police Symphony Orchestra. The ceremony itself is scheduled to begin at 1.45pm.
You can find more details about the opening at wwww.ukpolicememorial.com
To mark the event formally in Suffolk, on Tuesday 20 July Chief Constable Steve Jupp was joined by Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore and Darren Harris, Chair of Suffolk Police Federation, to lay wreaths in memory of those who have died from the county.
CC Jupp said: “It is very important we remember those that have given their lives for a job that is so important to our country and to our communities.
“Therefore, it is wonderful to see that police officers and staff from across the UK who have died while protecting the public will now be commemorated in a permanent memorial.
“In Suffolk we are very lucky to have a beautiful memorial garden at Martlesham Police Headquarters, where we can remember those that have died while serving the constabulary, as well as loved ones from policing who we have lost too soon. There is also the book of condolence at Martlesham, as well other memorials and plaques to remember colleagues at stations across the county.
“On Tuesday morning I was joined by PCC Tim Passmore and Darren Harris, to each lay a wreath at the memorial in PHQ in memory of those that have died while serving the people of Suffolk.
“On Wednesday 28 July I will join other Chief Constables from across the country to attend the opening of the beautiful national memorial and the peaceful, surrounding grounds. These have been created so the families of those fallen, alongside other visitors, can spend time in to relax, remember and give thanks."
Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore said: “Looking at the list of names on the Suffolk memorial is a stark reminder of the selfless dedication of police officers and staff supporting their communities every day.
“Thankfully it is rare for officers to die during the course of duty but everyday officers across the country risk their lives to protect us all and this has been particularly evident during this pandemic.”
CC Jupp will be attending the ceremony on 28 July alongside Darren Harris as well as Rachel Barratt and Oliver Barratt, the widow and son of Clive Barratt. Clive was a Suffolk Constabulary officer who was fatally injured in a motorcycle collision while on surveillance duty on 28 July 1999.