Justice Minister, Claire Sugden today attended the National Police Memorial Day service in St Paul’s Cathedral paying tribute to officers who have died in service.
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, patron of the event, attended the service along with representatives from police services across the United Kingdom, members of the Northern Ireland policing family, a number of former police chiefs, as well as police representatives from 18 other countries.
Claire Sugden said: “It is an honour to attend the National Police Memorial Day service to pay tribute to the sacrifice of police officers from across the United Kingdom who have died while serving and protecting their local communities. Today will be especially poignant for the families, friends and colleagues of those who have died and my thoughts are with them all.
“I was touched to hear the personal stories of some of the officers honoured today. In particular, I commend the bravery and service of the officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
“I would like to express my gratitude to all police officers for their dedication and commitment. Northern Ireland can justifiably be proud of the courage and professionalism of its police officers, often in the face of challenging and hazardous circumstances."
Continuing the Minister said: "This is a significant day in our calendar when we can stand with those who mourn and remember. My thoughts and prayers are with all those in the policing family who have lost a loved one throughout the years.”
More information on this year’s event is available online at: http://www.nationalpolicememorialday.org/programme.htm