Cleveland Police Chief supports national campaign to remember fallen police officers

The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust is asking the public to give a ‘Gift for Courage’ this Christmas.

The national campaign aims to honour and remember fallen police officers who will be commemorated on the new UK Police Memorial to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Up until Friday 4th January 2019, the Trust will tweet out the historical names of officers who died on duty each day and this will be complemented with personal Christmas video messages from the families of the fallen.

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Mike Veale supports the campaign which will see people directed to the UK Police Memorial website at www.ukpolicememorial.org and asked make an online donation towards the cost of the memorial.

Chief Constable Veale said: “It is right to honour those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and the National Memorial Arboretum is a fitting monument to those officers who never returned home to their families at the end of their shift.

“At Christmas as we sit down with our loved ones we should pause to remember those who will never again get the chance to do so and in remembering them we can perhaps bring a small quantity of comfort to those left behind and who will have an empty chair at the dinner table this Christmas Day.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that have died serving on the thin blue line.”

As well as making donations, the Trust wants the public to get involved and show their support for those who have laid down their lives from our police service by tweeting out messages of tribute and uploading their own video messages of thanks using the hashtag #gift4courage.

Sir Hugh Orde Chair of Trustees said: “This time of year is about families coming together to celebrate the festive season. For some there will be an empty seat at the table of those who went out to work to police our cities, towns and villages and sadly never came home.  We owe them all a debt of gratitude and to remind them and their families that they will never be forgotten.

“We have all heard the term community policing and what better way to honour and commemorate the sacrifice made by police officers and staff than for the twitter community to come together and pay tribute to them with their own Christmas messages of thanks, using the hashtag #gift4courage.”

Since 1687, 239 officers have been killed and died on duty between 17th December and 4th January.