New memorial to honour Derbyshire's fallen police officers
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Hero police officers and staff who have died while protecting the public from Derbyshire and across the country will be commemorated in a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Today (28 July) sees the new UK Police Memorial being dedicated by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, with Chief Constable Rachel Swann attending the service and representing everyone at Derbyshire Constabulary.
The 12-metre-tall brass tribute, within a beautifully 25 metre landscaped area, is being officially unveiled during a special dedication service attended by hundreds of guests, who will adhere to coronavirus restrictions, including dignitaries, senior politicians, representatives from all police forces across the country, policing charities and the families and friends of officers killed on duty.
Earlier, we marked the moment with a service at our headquarters with the Chief Constable and Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster laying wreaths within our Remembrance Garden. Staff Association representatives also laid flowers.
Like our own Remembrance Garden, the UK Police Memorial is for the families left behind, somewhere for them to come along and remember the people they loved – it's a place that'll be there forever.