Chief Constable excited for the National Police Memorial Day to be coming to Wales

The National Police Memorial Day is a chance to show that policing is “a service like no other”, says the Chief Constable of South Wales Police Jeremy Vaughan.

Jeremy said he’s excited for this year’s service to be held in South Wales when colleagues from across the UK will come together to pay their respects and to remember those officers who have been killed or died in the line of duty.

He said: “The National Police Memorial Day is an opportunity to demonstrate to families and loved ones that fallen officers will never be forgotten and that the policing family is never far away.”

Representatives of South Wales Police Federation will join senior officers from the Force, including Jeremy, at the service on Sunday 24 September.

Important for families

Jeremy added: “An event like this is immeasurably important for the families of the fallen officers and their colleagues.

“I’m very excited about it being held in Wales this year and looking forward to hosting it.”

The National Police Memorial Day was first held in 2004 and is supported by royalty, government and UK police services.

It provides a dignified and sensitive service of remembrance to honour the courage and sacrifice of the almost 4,000 police officers who have been killed on duty.



Following a venue change, this year's event will now be taking place at the New Theatre, in Cardiff.

Jeremy spoke about why the day was special to him, particularly following his involvement in the Police Unity Tour (PUT).

The tour sees police officers take on a 200-mile cycling challenge to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to raise money for Care of Police Survivors (COPS), a charity that supports the families of fallen officers.

“As a Police Unity Tour rider, I have spent time with families and loved ones of fallen officers and know just how much it means to them to remember their loved ones,” he said.

“This is our opportunity to remind the public too that policing provides a service like no other.”

An online tribute wall has been launched for people to add their own messages to remember fallen officers.

And Jeremy is encouraging South Wales Police officers to attend the service.

He said: “We all stand on the shoulders of those that served before us – the officers we remember at these events had their lives cut short.“We must demonstrate our support and our respect of the policing family.”

Visit the National Police Memorial Day website for more information about the service.

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