A message from the Reverend Canon David Wilbraham
National Police Chaplain & Co-ordinator, National Police Memorial Day
NPMD is open to all
I recently took part in the naming and official opening of the Conference Suite at the main offices of the Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW) in Leatherhead. The suite now named ‘The Paul McKeever Conference Suite’ acknowledges the contribution to policing made by Paul in his role as Chairman of the PFEW right up until his tragic and untimely death in January 2013, just one month away from his retirement.
Paul was a passionate advocate and supporter of National Police Memorial Day. For Paul, passionately committed to British policing, the day epitomised the admiration he had for the daily courage, commitment, bravery and dedication of all those who hold ‘the office of constable’. An admiration, that for all of us in the police ‘family’, acquires a poignant and special focus when a colleague dies in the line of duty.
At the PFEW there is a National Police Memorial Day commemorative window which contains the words ‘Duty, Peace, Order and Loyalty’. This captures the virtues of British policing and the commitment of officers and staff have to the nations of the UK as they serve day by day, sadly sometimes paying the ultimate price. Attending the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Service of Remembrance in June was a moving reminder of the sacrifice made by many in Northern Ireland.
Each year National Police Memorial Day seeks not only to remember police officers who have been killed or died on duty, but also to demonstrate to relatives, friends and colleagues of fallen officers that their sacrifice is not forgotten and encourages the public to recognise the dedication to duty and courage displayed by police officers day by day.
This special day of remembrance is open to all to attend and I would encourage you to join with us for this year’s event.
I look forward to seeing you there.
NPMD 2019 will take place in Glasgow
Preparations for this year are well underway and we will look forward to welcoming those who have attended previous events as well as those who are attending for the first time. We have seen an increasing number of visitors from overseas who we also look forward to meeting again.
There are still many who do not know that NPMD is open to all who wish to attend and we would like to seek your help in not only publicising the service but also, on our behalf, inviting others who are able to join with us.
Built in 1990 for Glasgow’s reign as European City of Culture, the Royal Concert Hall sits in an iconic position right in the heart of the city’s bustling shopping district. There are plenty of hotels and a variety of transport links, which makes arranging travel and accommodation all the more easy.
Glasgow last hosted National Police Memorial Day in 2011.
A Reminder of 2018s NPMD in Belfast
Then Home Secretary Sajid Javid joined families, friends, colleagues, senior officers and government officials as they gathered to remember thousands of police officers who have died on duty or been killed in the line of duty as they were honoured at this year’s National Police Memorial Day which took place on Sunday 30 September at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
Nearly 2,000 guests were welcomed by a guard of honour formed by representatives from each force in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as uniformed police officers from overseas forces.
The Reverend Canon David Wilbraham, National Police Chaplain, led the act of remembrance, during which Sid Mackay, Chair of the Police Roll of Honour, laid a wreath to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and in memory of the police officers called to service, who lost their lives.
Representing Northern Ireland: Joseph Ferguson and Susan Ferguson O’Neill, brother and sister of Constable Michael John Ferguson, RUC, who was murdered by the IRA aged 21 years in 1993.
Representing Wales: Jayne Griffiths, wife of Constable Terence John Davies, Gwent Police, who died aged 34 years, cycling home after a tour of duty when he was hit by a stolen car which failed to stop.
Representing Scotland: Callum Alcock, son of Police Constable John Alcock, Grampian Police, who died aged 54 years, after having been in a coma for 14 years following a road traffic collision en route to Royal Protection duties at Balmoral.
Representing England: Samantha Dixon and Parker Cameron James Dixon, wife and son of PC James Dixon, Thames Valley Police, who was killed aged 39 years, when the police motorcycle he was riding was involved in a road traffic collision.
Mark Lindsay, Chair, Police Federation for Northern Ireland, read the names of the officers who have died in the last year: Constable Steven Richard Jenkins, Gwent Police: Constable John Alcock, Grampian Police: Constable James Dixon, Thames Valley Police: Constable David Fields, South Yorkshire Police.
There was silence in the auditorium as green, blue and red petals of remembrance descended from the gallery before the Last Post was sounded.
You can register by clicking here.
Tickets will also be sent to you [or your group leader] by e-mail. Admission into the event will be on the production of a valid ticket and appropriate photo-identification.
When registering a group, invitations can be sent out to one address, provided that all names and addresses reflect each guest’s form of identification that they will be asked to bring with them to gain access to the event (e.g. passport, driving licence).