On 28th July 2021, the new UK Police Memorial was dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, in the presence of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Members of The British Police Symphony Orchestra provided the fanfare for the arrival of the Prince of Wales and new lockdown recordings by the whole orchestra were premiered as part of the service.
Serving officer and percussionist in the BPSO Detective Inspector Jonathan Beech had the honour of laying thhe wreath from all at the BPSO.
This beautiful and iconic memorial honours the courage and sacrifice of members of the UK Police Service who have dedicated their lives to protecting all of us. The brass memorial features leaf-shaped apertures representing courage, sacrifice and lives lost
The orchestra featured extensively throughout the event with our previous lockdown recordings shown before the service began and premiered two new recordings – Nimrod and You Raise Me Up.
Since 1749 and the creation of the Bow Street Runners as the world first recognised police service, almost 5,000 men and women have given their lives to serve and protect our communities in the United Kingdom. The Memorial is the first of its kind to bring together physical and digital elements that tell the stories of lives lost to UK policing.
Highlights of the event can be found below: