The Trust is registered with the Charity Commission and has the following charitable objects:
To foster good citizenship for the benefit of the public at large by the construction and maintenance of a Roll of Honour in remembrance of every police officer killed in the line of duty. To advance the education of the public, and in particular the police, in the history of officers killed in the line of duty and officer safety by the maintenance of a comprehensive archive of information available to the public. To relieve the need, in particular the emotional suffering, of bereaved families and friends of police officers who die or have died as a result of an injury received in the line of duty, by the provision of resources and services including care and support, advice and information.
The Trust is unique in being the only charity which carries out research and aims to name and honour every United Kingdom police officer who has lost their life in the line of duty since the earliest days of professional law enforcement over three centuries ago. We maintain a national archive on line of duty deaths, offer information and support to bereaved families, and provide the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance for other memorial charities and national and local police organisations including:
The National Police Memorial Day The National Police Memorial The Scottish Police Memorial The Metropolitan Police
We are committed to the creation of a National Police Officer's Memorial, on or in the vicinity of "The Beat" at the National Memorial Arboretum, consisting of a:
Police Monument Memorial Wall inscribed with names of fallen officers Book of Remembrance
The Trust was founded in 2000 after 20 years research into the Roll of Honour, 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 on duty of a Constable in 1680. Research now includes British losses in Colonial and other UK administered overseas police forces, believed to number 1,000 or more. We will ensure newly discovered and future losses are also 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.
Through our authoritative archive of the subject we are able to provide information and advice to the public, researchers, police forces and related organisations and charities, both to remember and honour our fallen officers and to help promote officer safety by increasing knowledge and understanding of how fatalities occur. Through our Police Family Membership and links with associated charities, we are able to provide access to care and support for bereaved families and friends of deceased officers.
The Trust researches and maintains the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and Remembrance for the benefit of the general public and all UK Police Services. We have provided or assisted with Rolls of Honour for many national and local police services and memorial organisations including:
Police Force Memorials - We have assisted many police forces with memorial Rolls, most notably providing the first full Roll of Honour for the Metropolitan Police Memorial Book of Remembrance dedicated by HM The Queen at the Peel Training Centre, Hendon in 2001. National Police Memorial Day - Inaugurated in 2004, an annual national memorial service is held for families and colleagues on the Sunday nearest St Michael's Day. The Trust has provided the Roll of Honour for the commemorative booklet published at the service. National Police Memorial - Built by The Police Memorial Trust in London, to 'Honour Those who Serve', displays a Roll of Honour provided, to their criteria, by the Trust and unveiled by HM The Queen in 2005, which pays special tribute to some 1600 officers killed by criminal acts, or in acts of gallantry, attempting arrests or other hazardous duty. Other National Memorials - The Trust assisted with the Roll of Honour for the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Garden of Remembrance opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2003, and provided a Roll of Honour for the Scottish Police Memorial unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in 2004.
The Trust is committed to producing a National Police Book of Remembrance, with citations for all line of duty deaths, displayed on a daily basis, and the inscription in stone of names on a Roll of Honour, at a new national police officers memorial.
The Trust aims to remember both those who died and those left behind and we are particularly pleased to hear from family, relatives or friends of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Whether you wish to know more about how your loved one will be remembered, or about support available to bereaved families and friends, or simply to seek advice, please feel free to contact us. We also invite you to join hundreds of others as Police Family Members of the Trust without cost or commitment. To receive information and support, without cost or commitment, simply send an application or give us a call.
Please feel free to contact us at any time for any reason.
The Trust relies entirely on voluntary contributions and support to continue its work; you can help by making a donation, buying our gifts, or becoming a member. We are also seeking corporate sponsorship; if you can assist or would like to help in any other way, please contact us.
We do not seek donations from families of officers killed in the line of duty.
We are always seeking information for our archive about fallen officers and their memorials, including photos. Please contact us if you would like to help with local research, the administration of the Trust or in any other way, or if you would like further information on any aspect of our work.