The Chancellor, George Osborne, announced £1 million in government support for the development of a new memorial to honour the United Kingdom's Police service, to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The announcement was made at a reception held on behalf of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust at Number 11 Downing Street, attended by Police and Crime Commissioners and Trustees, including our Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. Police Mutual is also one of the founding funders of the Trust.
Speaking at the event the Chancellor said: "The Police across the UK make huge sacrifices to protect us and some, tragically, pay the ultimate price. We must honour them, and this national arboretum Memorial is a powerful idea. With today's announcement we are using money raised from fines on those who have demonstrated the very worst of values in our financial services to support tributes to those who have demonstrated the very best value in our society."
Since 1749 and the creation of the Bow Street Runners as the world's first recognised Police service, over 4,000 men and women have given their lives to serve and protect communities in the United Kingdom. Losses in British Colonial and other UK administered forces overseas number as many as a further 1,000.
Stephen Mann said: "I am honoured that Police Mutual is supporting the important work of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, both as a founding funder and myself as a Trustee. Our work with the Trust complements Police Mutual's wider support of the Police service, which includes our sponsorship of the annual Police Bravery Awards. The new memorial will serve as a lasting reminder of the dedication, courage and sacrifice of members of the Police service who have died in the line of duty."
Sara Thornton, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police and Chair-designate of the National Police Chiefs' Council, is also a Trustee of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust.
In thanking the Chancellor, she said: "This will be a memorial for the modern age. We will have a dramatic online and digital presence, with archive and educational materials to bring the story of UK Policing to life."
Sir Hugh Orde, outgoing President of the Association of Chief Police Officers and Chairman of the Trust, said: "We are indebted to the Chancellor for this generous donation. We aim to raise £5m to build and maintain this proper and fitting memorial to our fallen colleagues. This is particularly timely as police officers go about their duties protecting the public in challenging times."comments powered by Disqus