WMP backs national police memorial fund
A campaign to raise funds for a national police memorial
has been launched in Birmingham today (Weds 17 May) − and West
Midlands Police has underlined its support for the project with a
The fundraising push for a remembrance site at the
National Arboretum in Staffordshire − to honour more than 1,400
police officers and staff who have died in the line of duty − will
be announced at the Police Federation's ICC conference.
It's hoped the memorial − which will cost an estimated
£4-million and include a 50ft plaque with leaf-shaped apertures
representing the lives lost − will be completed by 2019.
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson, said:
"Since West Midlands Police was established in 1974, 40 police
officers have died while on duty and protecting the public. They
will never be forgotten; there are local and regional memorials but
it feels only right and proper to have a national memorial where
everyone can pay their respects.
"Behind every fallen police officer or member of police
staff are those left behind: a spouse, partner, parents, children,
friends and colleagues. A UK police memorial will be a place where
they can go to reflect and remember those who have
The proposed memorial − with lawn space for 1,500 people
during ceremonies − will be interactive and visitors will be able
to access smart phone audio tours, pay tributes digitally via an
app and browse an 'on this day' feature giving information and news
on major policing incidents from the past.
Once the epitaph is built, a Living Memorial Fund will be
set up to maintain the site and provide funds to support the loved
ones of those who've died.
West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson, who signed off the force's donation alongside the Chief
Constable, added: "I am very proud to be supporting the UK Police
"More than 1,400 police officers and staff have died from
injuries they sustained whilst carrying out their police duties. It
is only right that their sacrifice is recognised in this
For more information about the UK Police Memorial, to make
a donation or get involved in fundraising activity, visit www.ukpolicememorial.org.
Anyone making a donation of more than £20 will receive a
Sillitoe wristband inscribed with the words 'courage and