Special memorial recognises police volunteers
15 September 2012
A commemorative stone recognising the dedication of the Special Constabulary across the West Midlands is being unveiled this weekend.
The stone will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas Staffordshire this coming Sunday (16 September).
Designed and carved by Warwickshire Special Constable Bradley Steele, the stone will be unveiled at 2pm by Mrs Katie Nielson, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Staffordshire.
Representatives from all four regional police forces will be in attendance.
Warwickshire Chief Constable Andy Parker will also give a speech at the service and Bishop Derek Webley, Chair of the West Midlands Police Authority, will lead a dedication.
The inscription on the stone will read: “In recognition of the dedication to duty by members of the Special Constabulary protecting and serving their communities and to commemorate those Specials who have died in service to their country.”
The stone will be sited within The Beat area of the National Memorial Arboretum, a living memorial to all the Police Forces of England and Wales.
Gary Croshaw Chief Officer of the West Midlands Police Special Constabulary said: “I’m really pleased the efforts of colleagues have resulted in a fitting memorial being erected at the National Memorial Arboretum.”