Honouring those who lost their lives serving and protecting communities across the UK

The memorial

Lit by Gilded Absence

The vision for the new UK Police Memorial is to pay tribute to the United Kingdom’s Police Service and to honour the dedication, courage and sacrifice of its members who have given their lives to serve and protect our communities through:

The Memorial

The new UK Police Memorial at the National Arboretum will honour the fallen and pay tribute to the sacrifice of those police officers who have served and continue to do so. It is expected to be completed by 2019.

An Interactive and Engaging Memorial

Making the most of digital technologies, the new UK Police Memorial will also be an interactive space, bringing to life the personal stories behind the names of the fallen. There will also be educational resources.

A Living Memorial

The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust will help to provide a living memorial, working alongside the families of the fallen in partnership with other caregiving organisations, recognising their sacrifice and loss.

The new UK Police Memorial will honour the dedication, courage and sacrifice of many of the thousands of members of the United Kingdom’s police service who have given their lives to serve and protect their communities since the establishment of the world’s first recognised police service over 250 years ago.

This video represents a design concept approved by the trustees, but is not a final design.

Police stories

Courage and Sacrifice

Since 1749 and the creation of the Bow Street Runners as the world’s first recognised Police Service, more than 4,000 men and women have given their lives to serve and protect our communities in the United Kingdom. Losses in British colonial and other UK administered forces overseas number as many as a further 1,000.
The History of UK Policing

An emotional and educational experience

A Place for All to Learn and Remember

The new UK Police Memorial will complement other memorials around the UK, notably: the National Police Memorial at the Mall; the Scottish Police Memorial at Tulliallan Police College; the Northern Ireland Police Memorial at PSNI Headquarters in Belfast:The Beat and the Police Memorial Garden, which are already located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and all memorials situated within Police Forces across the UK, along with all those which commemorate individuals who have fallen.

Remembering the fallen

In Remembrance

The new Memorial will be a place of ceremony, remembrance and quiet reflection located at the UK’s national place for year round remembrance. It will also help foster a national sense of pride and value in our Police Service for generations to come.

UK Police Memorial

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