United Kingdom’s Police Roll Of Honour
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. 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.
- – the provision of a record of all those Police Officers who lost their lives in a manner that dictates their name be added, historically or contemporaneously, to the United Kingdom’s Police Roll of Honour;
- – support the ongoing research to ensure accuracy and relevance of the United Kingdom’s Police Roll of Honour;
- – the provision of, or to assist in the provision of, and maintenance of memorials including statues, memorial gardens, books of remembrance, plaques and other appropriate memorials be they national, local, group or individual;
- – the holding of, or participation in, memorial services or other acts of remembrance.
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.
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:
- – National Police Memorial Day – Inaugurated in 2004, an annual national memorial service is held for families and colleagues on the Sunday nearest St Michael’s Day. The Trust has provided the Roll of Honour for the commemorative booklet published at the service.
- – National Police Memorial – Built by The Police Memorial Trust in London, to ‘Honour Those who Serve’, displays a Roll of Honour provided, to their criteria, by the Trust and unveiled by HM The Queen in 2005, which pays special tribute to some 1600 officers killed by criminal acts, or in acts of gallantry, attempting arrests or other hazardous duty.
- – Other National Memorials – The Trust assisted with the Roll of Honour for the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Garden of Remembrance opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2003, and provided a Roll of Honour for the Scottish Police Memorial unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in 2004.