The Prince of Wales attended the National Police Memorial Day Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London today, remembering those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Around 2,000 people, including relatives and colleagues, gathered to remember the lives of officers who have served across the UK.
Family members who lost loved ones offered prayers and lit candles in their honour, and the names of those who have died in the past year were read aloud to the congregation in St Paul's Cathedral. Among those remembered was PC Dave Phillips, who was knocked down and killed by a car thief in October last year. His eight-year-old daughter Abigail lit a candle in remembrance.
The Prince, who is Patron of National Police Memorial Day, said the officers had "paid the ultimate sacrifice while safeguarding our families, our communities and our liberty.”
In the order of service, His Royal Highness wrote: "For many of us, the security challenges of today further underscore the importance of the Police and their ongoing commitment to protecting us all, despite the inevitable risks that they face on a daily basis."
Inspector Joe Holness, QPM, founder of National Police Memorial Day, said: "This is a proud day that means so much to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.
"National Police Memorial Day unites the country in national recognition of officers who have given us their all. It is a significant day of remembrance to ensure our fallen officers must not, and will not, be forgotten."