National Police Memorial Day set to take place virtually due to Covid-19

COVID-19 will not stop Hampshire Police Federation from remembering fallen colleagues.

The National Police Memorial Day, such an important date in the police calendar, has had to be moved online to comply with social distancing regulations.

But it won’t prevent officers and police staff from across the country remembering friends, colleagues and fellow officers from forces across the UK who died on duty.

Hampshire Police Federation Chair Zoe Wakefield said; “National Police Memorial Day is one of the most important days in the policing calendar and it’s an opportunity to remember our fallen colleagues.

“For the families of those officers, it’s a day of remembrance for them and to know that their loved ones will never be forgotten and that they will always be a part of the police family.”

“I’ve attended National Police Memorial Day on two occasions, sadly accompanying the families of [Hampshire officers] James Drew and Steve Wilson, and though it was upsetting, both families found it a lovely service and benefitted from going,” Zoe said.

“We can’t let anything, including COVID-19 from stopping events like this happening, and we still need to mark the memorial day in whatever way we can.”

The 2020 NPMD service takes place at 3pm on 27th September online.

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