The Trust are honoured that Her Majesty The Queen has approved a new Departmental Crown Badge for the sole use by the Police Roll of Honour Trust after it was authorised, in an exceptional move, by the Ministry of Justice.
In 2009, when the Trust sought to formally register its badge at the College of Arms we were advised official use of the recognisable Police Star and Royal Crown was authorised only for use by the Police Service or by the serving members of a Police Force.
However, Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones KCVO, then Garter King of Arms, felt the distinction of the Trust in recognising officers who died whilst serving, together with the sympathy for the Trust as a whole, made it a special case, for which he gained the agreement of the Ministry of Justice.
The Trust's use of a Wreath for honour and remembrance, further enhanced in gold, was approved as a suitable device to be placed within the Police Star; and the Book, usually only advised for educational establishments, was accepted to represent the Roll of Honour and in view of the charity's educational nature.
The Badge was painted by the College of Arms and, following approval by HM The Queen, is now officially registered within the records of the College.
The Trustees of the Police Roll of Honour Trust are honoured to have been granted the use of a crown badge; the College of Arms retains the ownership and protection of crown badges. However the Trustees feel compelled to state that no person may alter or amend our crown badge. Use of our badge requires our express permission, any person using our badge, amending, defacing or altering it will be reported to the College of Arms and ultimately the Lord Chancellor's Office.