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National Police Memorial Day service

Poignant service returns to St Paul's

The annual remembrance event paid tribute to officers killed in the line of duty since modern policing began took place on Sunday 25 September 2016.

National Police Memorial Day Patron HRH The Prince of Wales attended the service and noted:

' ... we remember those police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while safeguarding our families, our communities and our liberty ... Our Nation remains eternally grateful for those whom we morn and to whom we pay tribute today.'

Read the full Order of Service for hymns, prayers and more information in the National Police Memorial Day programme
 
The service was also attended by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who read the First Lesson; Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe read the Second Lesson. 

National Police Memorial Day was founded by Kent Police Inspector Joe Holness QPM after his colleague Constable Jon Odell was killed on duty. It is supported by UK Police services, Government and Royalty. 

See photos from National Police Memorial Day at St Paul's Cathedral

Other guests at the 2016 Memorial Day service included Chief Constables from throughout the country; the Superintendents’ Association; the Association of Chief Police Officers, overseas Police Officers from 18 countries and more than 2,000 former colleagues. 
 
Relatives mourning their loved ones lit candles for them and in remembrance of officers throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland who have lost their lives. 
 
The Prince of Wales has been Patron of National Police Memorial Day since 2006. He last attended a NPMD service on 28 September 2014 - the 11th service held, in Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

The inaugural service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 3 October 2004. 

National Police Memorial Day is recognised by Government and Royalty as an official national day