The Prince of Wales, Patron, National Police Memorial Day, will attend this years’ service at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
The National Police Memorial Day is an yearly remembrance event founded to pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty since modern policing started.
National Police Memorial Day was founded by Sergeant Joe Holness QPM after his colleague was killed on duty; it is supported by the Police Federation of England and Wales, and attended by hundreds of family, friends and colleagues from across the UK policing family and Home Offices.
During the service, candles will be lit by relatives who mourn their loved ones and in remembrance of officers throughout the country, who have lost their lives.
Since 2006, Prince Charles has been Patron of National Police Memorial Day. Last year, Charles attended the 10th annual service held in Cardiff. The inaugural service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 3rd October 2004 and National Police Memorial Day is recognised by Government and Royalty as an official national day.
Other guests in attendance will include Chief Constables from throughout the country, including Chief Constable George Hamilton, Police Service of Northern Ireland; senior officials from the Federations of Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales; the Superintendents’ Association; the Association of Chief Police Officers and around 2,000 former colleagues and family members of police officers who lost their lives while carrying out their duties.