Turning Birmingham’s library blue to mark National Police Memorial Day

Officers who have died in the line of duty have been remembered this weekend as Birmingham Library turned blue to mark National Police Memorial Day (NPMD).

NPMD was today (Sunday 26 September) and coincided with St Michael’s Day, the Patron Saint of police officers.

Sergeant Ben West and Special's Inspector Steve Rice from our honour guard
Special's Inspector Steve Rice and Sergeant Ben Westwood from our honour guard

It’s an important date on the policing calendar and, as well as the library, other public buildings across the country were lit up on Sunday in honour of police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The library remained blue into Monday morning.

The tribute sent a message to the friends and family of those who have died in the line of duty that their service won’t be forgotten.

Councillor John Cotton, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, said: “On National Police Memorial Day we remembered police officers who have been killed or have died whilst on duty, and as a city we  showed that their sacrifice will never be forgotten by lighting the Library of Birmingham in blue.

“Our police officers work so hard in order to keep our communities safe, often putting themselves in harm’s way. National Police Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices that our police officers make, to remember those who have lost their lives, and thank our serving officers for all that they do to keep us safe.”

A service of remembrance also take place at Lincoln Cathedral at 2pm. Here's that service.

In July, a permanent memorial to heroic colleagues who have died while protecting the public was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The new UK Police Memorial honours the courage and sacrifice of all those from across the police service who have dedicated their lives to protecting the public.


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