Design for new UK Police Memorial revealed (9 Mar 2016)

Design concepts for a new UK Police Memorial to be located at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) have been revealed at the Drapers Hall in London.  A project by the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, the Memorial (PAMT) will pay tribute to the United Kingdom's Police Service and honour the dedication, courage and sacrifice of its members.

It has been designed following and extensive period of consultation with Police 'family' stakeholders, and will complement other memorials around the country, notably the National Police Memorial at the Mall, and both The Beat and the Police Memorial Garden, which are already located at the NMA.

Minister for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims Mike Penning said: "I deeply value the selflessness and commitment British police officers and staff demonstrate in the line of duty.

"The police strive to keep us and our families safe, taking risks so we can live peacefully. It is fitting that we have a national memorial to the police to honour the sacrifice, courage and dedication of those who have fallen whilst fighting crime and protecting us all."

Sir Hugh Orde, PAMT Chair said:  "We have reached a major milestone in our project in being able to reveal an innovative and apt design for the new Memorial.  We are equally delighted that we have achieved more than half of the £4 million needed to design, build and maintain the Memorial - a year ago the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP announced a generous and welcome £1 million grant to the project from the Libor fund.  Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, we have been able to match that with a further £1 million plus. We have a long way to go to realise our plans and invite everyone to join us in our tribute to the brave men and women of the finest Police service in the world."

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson who supports the memorial said "The design for the new memorial is impressive and very fitting, and I look forward to seeing it become a reality. Being a police officer is a job like no other and we should never forget the bravery and selflessness of the men and women that paid the ultimate price to keep us and our communities safe."

To find out more about the project and how to support it, go to www.ukpolicememorial.org

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