It is important for the police service to pay its respects to colleagues who have died on duty, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said.
Chairman Brian Booth attended the 18th annual National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday 26 September.
The service honoured more than 5,000 officers who have lost their lives on duty over the years. It was the first time the police family had gathered together for NPMD since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brian said: “It’s so important to pay respects to our fallen colleagues who have paid the ultimate price doing their duties.
“It’s been such a hard time over the last couple of years with families not being able to get together at this important time, so it’s good to see things slowly opening up. Hopefully next year we’ll have a full event.”
He continued: “It’s very solemn. This is about remembering our brave colleagues who paid the ultimate price and also giving a chance for their families to see that they are still part of a big policing family – and always will be.”
HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of NPMD, said the country was “forever grateful for the steadfast dedication to duty of our police officers, who have adapted and worked so tirelessly amidst the ever-changing circumstances” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officers who have died in the past year were remembered during the service. They are: Sgt Paul Keany of Northamptonshire Police; PC Christopher Miller of the Metropolitan Police; Sgt Matt Ratana of the Metropolitan Police; PC Thomas White of Police Scotland; PC Darryl Street of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary; and PC Quamar Zaman of Greater Manchester Police.
During the service, candles were lit for officers in each of the four nations.
Representing England was Jayne Clemson, daughter of PC Ray Davenport of Merseyside Police, who died in 1981 following a traffic incident. Representing Northern Ireland was Andrea Brown, daughter of RUC Sgt Eric Brown, who was fatally shot by terrorist gunmen in 1983.
Representing Wales was Rhianydd Gardiner, great niece of PC Noel Alexander, who died in 1964 because of injuries sustained in a training incident. Representing Scotland was Faye Buggins, widow of PC Roy Buggins, who collapsed and died on duty in 2019.
The service also heard a reading from Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Addressing the service, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “Policing is a vocation… the women and men of the front line have risen magnificently to the challenges of the past 18 months.
“Today we pay tribute to the courage of those killed in service and the great courage showed by their families ever since.”
There was silence as petals of remembrance, representing all who had lost their lives, descended from the gallery as the Last Post was sounded.
Date posted: October 30, 2021