New police memorial to be unveiled today

Senior politicians, civic dignitaries, representatives from every police force across the country, policing charities and the families and friends of fallen officers will attend the ceremony of dedication at the arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. 

Annalea Kift, secretary of Gwent Police Federation, says the memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of the unique role of police officers and the risks they face while serving their duties.

“Sadly, there are officers and police staff who pay the ultimate price while protecting their communities. I think it really important that we recognise that and that their sacrifice – and that of their families - is never forgotten,” she explained.

“This memorial should serve as a fitting tribute to them.”

Annalea will today represent Gwent Police Federation at a ceremony at Force Headquarters to coincide with the event at the arboretum.

UK Police Memorial chair of trustees Sir Hugh Orde said: “This will be a historic day for our police service. After seven years of fund-raising and 12 months of construction, we can finally dedicate this beautiful and iconic memorial that pays tribute to the courage and sacrifice of all those police officers and staff who have paid the ultimate price.

“The 12-metre-tall brass memorial, with its leaf-shaped apertures representing courage, sacrifice and lives lost, is set within a beautifully landscaped area, and has been designed for ceremony, tribute and personal acts of reflection.

“As a nation, we owe all those who have laid down their lives to keep us safe and protect us from harm a huge debt of gratitude. This memorial will ensure that the memory of those officers and staff who have died lives on in perpetuity.”

He added: “This is a place that will not only honour the courage and sacrifice of the men and women from our police service, but it will become a fitting tribute to honour all those who continue to serve.”

The National Memorial Arboretum is the nation’s place of year-round remembrance. It is home to almost 400 memorials, including the National Armed Forces Memorial, and attracts more than 300,000 visitors per year.

The event will be broadcast live online through the memorial website from 12 noon today (28 July 2021).