The Trust was founded in 2000 after 20 years research into the Roll of Honour, paying tribute to some 5,000 British police officers who have been killed or died, on duty or as a result of duty, since the first recorded death on duty of an Unknown Constable in 1680. We will ensure newly discovered and future losses are also recorded.
The Roll includes officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty as a result of criminal acts, enemy action in air raids, misadventure whilst taking special risks to protect the public or make arrests, accidents whilst on routine patrol or travelling to and from duty, natural causes and unknown causes. It commemorates their sacrifice in the public service and provides a focal point and visible means for family and friends to reflect on the loss of their loved ones and to know that their loss is not forgotten.
We provide the only authoritative archive of the subject we are able to provide information and advice to the public, researchers, police forces and related organisations and charities, both to remember and honour our fallen officers and to help promote officer safety by increasing knowledge and understanding of how fatalities occur. Through our Police Family Membership and links with associated charities, we are able to provide access to care and support for bereaved families and friends of deceased officers.
The Trust researches and maintains the United Kingdom's Police Roll of Honour for the benefit of the general public and all UK Police Services. We have provided or assisted with Rolls of Honour for many national and local police services and memorial organisations including: