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Memorial Day service

Members are being encouraged to register their interest in attending this year's National Police Memorial Day service. It will be the 13th service of its kind and will take place on Sunday 25 September at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

Leicestershire Police Federation is organising a FREE coach for any members interested in attending. But it will be on a first come, first served basis so if you want to attend, please email lpfstaff@lpf.polfed.org providing the office with your full name and current address as soon as possible. These are required for security purposes.

The event honours police officers from up and down the country who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation, said: "I have attended this event on a couple of occasions and it is incredibly moving. It is a poignant reminder of the risks officers face on a daily basis and is a real coming together of the police family."

She continued: "I would encourage all officers to attend at least once in their careers. It is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice some officers have made and lets their families know that they have not been forgotten."

National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) was founded by Sergeant Joe Holness in 2001 to ensure fallen officers are honoured and that their unique, proud legacy is forever treasured.

He said: "The British police service is renowned worldwide and its unique and priceless reputation is entirely a reflection of the professionalism of the men and women who proudly perform the role. Sadly, each year police officers give their lives in order that we may all live in peace. They place the safety of others above that of their own - they do so with pride and because they are the best."

Each year the event is held in a different country of the United Kingdom and is attended by chief constables, police and crime commissioners and the Home Secretary Theresa May.

HRH The Prince of Wales is patron of the NPMD charity and has attended the service.