National Police Memorial Day ensures sacrifices by fallen officers and their families left behind are never forgotten, the chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said.
Nick Smart, speaking at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, said he was “very proud to represent the men and women of West Yorkshire Police at this occasion.” The event in Northern Ireland was the eleventh Memorial Day service.
Mr Smart is pictured (left) alongside Federation Secretary Gary Maloney.
Mr Smart said: “It is vitally important that the police family come together at events such as this and remember and recognise the ultimate sacrifice paid by our colleagues. We will never forget our fallen colleagues.
“As well as remembering fallen police officers from across the UK, National Police Memorial Day is also about showing our support to the families of officers who are left behind.
“It is an honour to attend.”
Steve White chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “Today is a poignant and significant day for the policing family as police officers throughout the United Kingdom gather together to pay tribute to our fallen colleagues. Their dedication to duty and self-sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
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.”
Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton said: “Today we join relatives, friends and colleagues of fallen officers to show that their commitment to protecting their community has not and will never be forgotten.
“Every day thousands of our officers are out on the streets across Northern Ireland keeping people safe. The memorial service is a reminder to us all that in preventing harm, protecting people and bringing offenders to justice, these brave men and women sometimes pay the ultimate sacrifice.
“It has been a privilege for the Police Service of Northern Ireland to have been able to welcome so many visitors to Belfast for this year’s National Police Memorial Day.”
Date posted: October 9, 2014