Annual Service of Remembrance to be held for police officers who have lost their lives on duty
Published on: Mon, 29/07/2019 - 08:24
Care of Police Survivors (COPS) annual Service of Remembrance takes place next Sunday (July 28) in memory of all police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty in the UK.
More than 1,000 people, including the surviving families of fallen officers, police staff and chiefs, and the public will be attending the powerful and incredibly emotive service.
The event brings together survivors and the wider police family to provide a valuable opportunity for people to reflect and remember their loved ones, friends and colleagues.
The annual service is organised by COPS, a national charity that supports the families of police officers and staff who have died on duty.
The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and a Roll of Honour will be read out to pay tribute to the five police officers who had died on duty during the past 12 months.
Four family members who had lost loved ones will address the gathering and share memories of their officers and talk about how they had been supported by COPS. Then wreaths will be laid.
Before the service, officers and survivors who will be taking part in the Police Unity Tour (PUT), which involves more than 460 riders and their support teams cycling the length and breadth of the UK, will ride into the Arboretum. Each cyclist rides in memory of an officer who lost their life on duty and wears a blue band with the officers name on. PUT riders ride in memory of fallen officers and in doing so raise money for COPS.
The Blue Knights, a motorcycle club for police officers, will also pay tribute to the fallen by riding into the site as part of the Blue Knights Law Ride.
The service concludes the charity’s annual Survivor Weekend, a two-day event bringing together the families of officers who have died on duty to form friendships and lasting bonds to help them through the good and bad times.
The weekend includes an outing to Drayton Manor Theme Park for younger survivors, as well as relaxation sessions, craft workshops and COPS annual dinner.