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National Police Officers Roll of Honour

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



Honouring Police Officers who
have been killed, or died as a result
of injuries received, in consequence
of the execution of their duty.

Book of Remembrance


Remembering Police Officers who
have otherwise died, on or in
connection with their duty, or
whilst serving overseas.


The National Police Officers Roll of Honour is an ongoing historical research project aimed at honouring and remembering every British police officer who has fallen in the line of duty since the earliest days of professional law enforcement more than three centuries ago.

The creation of the Roll of Honour and Remembrance serves as a record of public service and sacrifice in the protection of the people, paying tribute to some 5,000 British police officers who have been killed or died on duty, or as a result of duty, since the first recorded death of a Constable in 1680.

The research documents, for the first time, the names and circumstances of death of those officers who lost their lives within the United Kingdom and will also include British losses whilst serving in Colonial and other UK administered police forces overseas. Newly discovered and future losses will also be 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 National Police Officers Roll of Honour, its website and publications are the creation of former Metropolitan and Lancashire police officer Anthony Rae who, since 1981, has spent more than 35 years researching and compiling records of British police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Initially looking at the history of police murders, Anthony's research into all police deaths began in earnest following the  deaths on duty of three colleagues by drowning in a gallant rescue attempt from a stormy sea at Blackpool in January 1983, when he discovered that there was no national Roll of Honour or historic records of deaths on duty for the UK police services.

Milestones include:

  • 1995 - Formation of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour project, with the backing of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and support from police services and other associations.
  • 1997 - Attended the opening of 'The Beat' police memorial avenue at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) and requested to provide a copy of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour on completion.
  • 1998 - Requested by Michael Winner Chairman of the Police Memorial Trust to compile the Roll of Honour for a new National Police Memorial planned to be constructed on The Mall in London.
  • 1999 - At the request of the Metropolitan Police provided the first full historical Roll of Honour and Remembrance list, which was published as an appendix in their "Official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard".
  • 2000 - Founded the Police Roll of Honour Trust charity, with the post-holders of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary and the President of ACPO becoming the Charity's Patron and President.
  • 2001 - At the request of the Metropolitan Police completed research and writing of a detailed Roll of Honour for a ceremonial Book of Remembrance dedicated by Her Majesty The Queen at Hendon.
  • 2002 - First agreement in principle with the NMA for construction of memorial with names engraved.
  • 2003 - Assisted with details of all Scottish police duty deaths for a new Scottish Police Memorial.
  • 2004 - Provided the Roll of Honour for the National Police Memorial Day updated annually 2004-2009.
  • 2005 - Completed research, wrote and produced the Roll of Honour for the Police Memorial Trust to be displayed at the National Police Memorial and unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen on The Mall, London.
  • 2006 - Sat on first NMA police memorial group chaired by Police Mutual Assurance Society (PMAS).
  • 2008 - Sat on second NMA police memorial group chaired by Care of Police Survivors (COPS).
  • 2010 - Third NMA memorial group chaired by Police Roll of Honour Trust; take memorial project to ACPO Council, gaining police service support and funding for professional study and campaign costs.
  • 2011 - Study confirms viability of memorial project, Trust hands over management to the CEO of PMAS, sponsors of The Beat, under police service leadership of the heads of HMIC and ACPO.

In January 2012, with a new management structure in place on the Police Roll of Honour Trust, Anthony Rae stood down as Chairman and left the charity he founded and was proud to lead for 12 years, to concentrate on completing the research, development and writing of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour. In 2016 he was awarded a Master's degree in History from Lancaster University based on his research into police casualties.

We aim to complete a study of the history and causes of British police deaths in the line of duty, produce a Book of Remembrance and assist in the provision of the Roll of Honour for a new police officers memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum within the National Forest in Staffordshire.

For a full history of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour see Remembering the Fallen first published in 2010


Anthony RAE - Research Co-ordinator and Webmaster

Police Sergeant, Lancashire Constabulary (Retired)

Anthony served 30 years in the Metropolitan Police and Lancashire Constabulary, receiving five Chief Constable's Commendations for good police work and bravery, including once highly commended, and two humane society awards. He founded the National Police Officers Roll of Honour project in 1995 and the Police Roll of Honour Trust charity in 2000. After retirement in 2004 he provided his services full time to the charity until January 2012 when he left to concentrate on completing the research for the National Police Officers Roll of Honour. In 2016 he was awarded an MA History degree.

He is a Trustee and Committee Member of the Police History Society, Registered Charity 295540 (founded 1986), Patron: Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, Kt, QPM, DL, LLD, website: www.policehistorysociety.co.uk.
And a Committee Member (for Roll of Honour and graves) of the British Palestine Police Association (BPPA); Patrons: The Rt. Hon. Lord Cope of Berkeley and Lady Cope, website:

Richard ABBOTT QPM - Researcher & Advisor on Irish Police Forces - RIC/USC/RUC GC

Inspector, Royal Ulster Constabulary GC & Police Service of Northern Ireland (Retired)

Richard retired as a police Inspector in 2008 after more than 30 years service during which he was awarded seven Chief Constable's commendations and was twice highly commended. He is a published author and his book Police Casualties in Ireland 1919-1922 received widespread acclaim for its meticulous research and even handed approach. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for services in 2002 and compiled the names for the RUC GC Memorial Garden. He has assisted as a researcher since the early days of the project.

Joseph CRAIG - Researcher and Advisor on Scottish Police Forces

Police Inspector, Strathclyde Police (Retired).

Joe served over 30 years with the Glasgow City Police and Strathclyde Police. He has had a keen interest in the history of the Police Service for many years and published several police history articles. He is the voluntary curator of the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary museum and a volunteer in the Glasgow Police Heritage Society and Museum. He has a great deal of expertise in the history of Scottish Police Forces and deaths in police service and has assisted with research since the Roll of Honour project began in 1995.

Keith FOSTER - Researcher and Advisor on London and Metropolitan Police records and memorials.

Retired Insurance Administrator and local historian

Keith, a Londoner, is a family and local historian and a member of the Society of Genealogists with a keen interest in policing history after discovering several relatives had served. He is an experienced researcher and photographer and in recent years he has applied his skills to the research and re-discovery of many long forgotten police memorials in the London area. He has helped with the Roll research for more than 20 years.

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