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Officers and families gather for National Police Memorial Day

National Police Memorial Day 2013 132West Yorkshire Police officers – and representatives from the Federation – will join UK colleagues and families of the fallen at National Police Memorial Day this weekend.

An “incredibly important day for the families of police officers” is how this year’s National Police Memorial Day has been described by the event’s founder Sgt Joe Holness.

This Sunday’s service is being held in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.

“Sadly, each year police officers give their lives in order that we may all live in peace,” said Sgt Holness.

“They place the safety of others above that of their own – they do so with pride and because they are the best.

“Our Police Service is renowned worldwide and its unique and priceless reputation is entirely a reflection of the professionalism of the men and women who proudly perform the role.”

Sgt Holness added: “National Police Memorial Day continues to be a significant date for the policing family throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

“Each year police officers continue to give their lives so that we can all live in peace. Yet police officers continue to run to danger for the sake of others and they continue to serve their country with pride and the utmost valour, knowing all too well the risks involved.”

Between 10 and 15 officers are lost on duty in the UK every year, according to organisers of the day.

The prestigious Northern Ireland ceremony, which will be held will be attended by members of the Government, senior officers and of course the families of fallen officers.

Sgt Holness, a Kent Police officer, said: “The National Police Memorial Day is an incredibly important day for the families of police officers. The day reminds us of the best of British Policing, it reminds us of what is best about public service and the high prices which is all too often paid by police officers and their families for that service.”

Terry Spence, chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, said: “National Police Memorial Day is a solemn event, one when we can all quietly reflect, remember and honour those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. By our actions, we will ensure that their legacy will not be forgotten.”

Date posted: September 25, 2014

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