Justice Minister David Ford has attended the annual service in remembrance of those police officers from across the United Kingdom who have died in service.
The National Memorial Day Service is held by each of the four nations making up the United Kingdom on a rotating basis. This years’ service was held on Sunday 27 September in Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre.
The event commemorates all the officers from across the United Kingdom who have died on duty and pays tribute to their sacrifice. It is an important opportunity for families, friends and colleagues to join together to remember and to celebrate their lives.
David Ford said: “I was honoured to again attend the National Police Memorial Day Service as Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland. It is important to take time to remember and to pay tribute to police officers from across the United Kingdom who have died while serving and protecting the people in their local communities.
“Today, in particular, I commend the bravery and selfless dedication of the officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, in particular, those who have given their lives in service to the people of Northern Ireland.
“I trust that bereaved families find solace in knowing that their loved one’s sacrifice and the loss they have endured is not forgotten.
“The National Police Memorial Day Service is a fitting and timely reminder of the debt of gratitude we owe these officers and their families.”
Notes to editors:
1. The National Police Memorial Day service is an annual event on the policing calendar.
2. The purpose of the service is to remember all police officers throughout the United Kingdom who have been killed or have died whilst on duty.
3. The service is held on the nearest Sunday to 29 September, which is St. Michael’s Day, the patron saint of police officers.
4. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 0769 971 5440 and your call will be returned.
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