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Honouring and Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty

NOTE: - These pages contain information about The Police Memorial Trust Registered Charity No. 289371

For further information, general enquiries or donations, find their Charity on the Charity Commission website.


The Police Memorial Trust

Police Memorial Trust Badge   In Memory of Michael Winner Founder of the Police Memorial Trust 1935 - 2013

In Memory of Michael Winner Founder and Chairman of the Police Memorial Trust 1935 - 2013


The objects of the Police Memorial Trust are:

The promotion of good citizenship through the provision and maintenance of memorials to Police Officers killed in the execution of their hazardous duty, and subject thereto to relieve the need of Police Officers or their dependants arising from the special hazards of Police duty.


History of the Trust

 

The Police Memorial Trust was formed on the 3rd May, 1984 by Film Producer Michael Winner. Its formation was almost accidental. Deeply moved by the death of police officer Yvonne Fletcher in St. James's Square, Michael Winner wrote a letter to The Times that was published on 21 st April, 1984, suggesting that a memorial be erected.

 

''It would serve to indicate that not everyone in this country takes seeming pleasure in attacking the Police in the execution of their difficult duties, but that most of us regard their conduct and bravery, under a whole series of endless and varied provocations, as demonstrably noble and worthy of our thanks", he wrote.

 

When the letter was printed Mr Winner received donations from the public together with a large number of letters approving of his sentiments. A few days later, on the 27th April, at the invitation of Sir David English, the Editor of the Daily Mail, Michael Winner wrote a long article in that paper on the day of Yvonne's funeral. The article finished with the words: -

 

"I can see a day in the future when human memory, being what it is, has discarded the events that now seem so important, and the shadows from the trees above sway slowly to and fro on the pavement of St James's Square, the sunlight catching a small Memorial.

 

"Maybe two people passing by will stop and one will say to the other - "Yvonne Fletcher? Who was she?" "To which there is a simple and noble answer: She was a member of the British Police Force."

 

Some further donations were sent to Mr Winner and he realised he had reached the point where he had to do something more than just writing about what he thought should be done. So the Police Memorial Trust was formed. Its aims were to erect Memorials to Police Officers killed in the course of their hazardous duty, usually on the spot where they met their death. This new idea attracted considerable attention with donations pouring in from ordinary people, from members of the Cabinet, MPs. members of the House of Lords, film stars, institutions and many of the biggest businesses in the land.

 

The Trust had its first memorial to Yvonne Fletcher unveiled in St. James's Square on 1st February 1985. In a rare display of political solidarity the leaders of all the main political parties attended the unveiling, which was performed by the Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher. The Westminster Council adapted St. James's Square to take the Memorial, placing a rounded area of pavement in front of it extending into the roadway making an architectural feature, the centre of which was the granite and Portland stone Memorial. The public showed their appreciation of this recognition of Police bravery by attending the Ceremony in their hundreds and by placing flowers at the Memorial every day since it was unveiled.

 


The Trust's first memorial to Yvonne Fletcher

Local Memorials

Between 1984 and 2012 The Police

Memorial Trust has erected 39 local

memorials to 44 police officers killed

in the execution of their hazardous duty.

 

View Local Memorials


The National Police Memorial

Honouring Those Who Serve

The Police Memorial Trust erected a

National Police Memorial at the junction of

The Mall and Horse Guards in Westminster.

It was designed by Lord Foster of Thames Bank

and opened by HM The Queen in April 2005.

 

More on the National Police Memorial

National Police Memorial Badge

 

HM The Queen, The Prime Minister & Michael Winner     The National Police Memorial


Honouring Heroes

Special recognition is given to Police Officers killed in the execution of their duty as the result of criminal acts or other hazardous duty or in the performance of acts of gallantry by their recording on a Roll of Honour on permanent display at the memorial. This Roll of Honour was compiled and updated for the Police Memorial Trust by Anthony Rae founder of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and the Police Roll of Honour Trust.

 

More on the National Police Memorial Roll of Honour


NOTE: - These pages contain information about The Police Memorial Trust Registered Charity No. 289371

For further information, general enquiries or donations, find their Charity on the Charity Commission website.


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