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Police Service Remembers Fallen Colleagues

West Yorkshire Police officers joined thousands of others from forces across the UK to remember fallen colleagues at National Police Memorial Day.

West Yorkshire Police Federation Vice-Chairman Craig Grandison said it had been an honour to attend the event, which this year was held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

He said: “As always, it’s an honour and a privilege to be here to represent the families of the officers from West Yorkshire.

“If someone gives their life in the line of police service it’s right and it’s proper that we should celebrate that and remember that. That’s why we’re here.

“An annual remembrance is the right way, it’s the correct way to do this. Every year we lose a certain number of officers so holding it every year is really important.”

Chief Constable Dee Collins said the event was always a difficult one for the families who lost loved ones in the line of duty.

She said: “The event is so important and once a year we have the opportunity to come together with the families of fallen officers to commemorate their nearest and dearest and recognise the ultimate sacrifice they made on behalf of the police service.

“We are one big family, it’s important that each and every family throughout the UK who has gone through difficult and dreadful experiences recognises that they’re not on their own, that there’s lot of support there, that they’re still cared about, that their nearest and dearest will never be forgotten.

“It’s been really helpful to spend time with them and understand where they are at this precise moment in time, particularly those families who have got children.

“It is a very important, special day and a very sombre day.”

Date posted: October 9, 2018

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