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“Never forgotten”: National Police Memorial Day’s 20th service to take place at New Theatre, Cardiff

Police officers and forces across the country share their thoughts and remember all those who died or killed in the line of duty today on National Police Memorial Day.

The National Police Memorial Day charity announced that the 20th service of remembrance will take place at New Theatre, Cardiff today on 2pm.

In honour of all those who lost their lives in the line of duty, civic buildings across the nation were illuminated blue last night.

The Police Federation of England and Wales was among those who shared their thoughts on social media with the hashtag #NeverForgotten.

The National Police Memorial Day charity shared pictures of those officers who have died protecting and serving their communities.

Cumbria Police said on X (formerly Twitter): “Their courage, dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

National Business Crime Centre was also among those organisations that remembered the fallen officers.

WATCH: The service took place in Belfast in 2022

About the National Police Memorial Day:

National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) was founded by now retired Inspector Joe Holness QPM OBE following the brutal killing of fellow Kent Police officer Jon Odell, in Margate, December 2000.

An official annual national day, NPMD provides a dignified and sensitive service of remembrance to honour the courage and ultimate sacrifice of police officers throughout the United Kingdom.

Since an Act of Parliament in 1792 which created the first salaried Constables, more than 4,000 police officers have been killed on duty, often in brutal circumstances. For those brave souls to be remembered, on at least one day, was long overdue.

They did not die in vain but leave a legacy. Their selfless devotion to duty, and supreme valour are and example to us all – affirmation that that the British police service is the best in the world.

NPMD is supported by Royalty, Government and UK police services. The magnitude of the day is exemplified by having royal patronage.

NPMD rotates round each of the four countries in the United Kingdom and is held on the closest Sunday to 29th September – St Michael’s Day, the Patron Saint of policing.

More information can be found here.


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