Chief Constable has honoured officers who have died on duty
March 2, 2013, 2:47 pm
The Chief Constable of Kent Police, Ian Learmonth, has honoured officers who died on duty while serving with the force.Mr Learmonth invited the families of officers who have lost their lives on duty to join him at a service dedicated to remembering their loved ones. The service was held at Kent Police Headquarters, in Maidstone, on Thursday 28 February.
During the service, the Chief Constable dedicated a Book of Remembrance to the 76 officers who have lost their lives on duty since 1836.
The book will be on display at the Kent Police Training School. Each page of the book is dedicated to an individual officer, and includes their name, details and a force badge relevant to the area they served. The offices page will be opened each year on the anniversary of their death as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice they made serving the people of Kent.
Chief Constable Learmonth said: ‘Officers dedicate their lives to protecting and serving the people of Kent, and the Book of Remembrance allows us to honour and always remember those who have died whilst in service.’I wanted to bring together all the memories of our colleagues into one place to give retired officers and existing officers the opportunity to pay their respects to those who are no longer with us. I’ve served in the police for 38 years, and it is a family.
‘The Book of Remembrance also gives the families of those who sadly lost their lives on duty the chance to honour and commemorate their loved ones.
Included in the book is a page for PC Phillip Pratt, who died on 14 June 2009, aged 26. PC Pratt was struck by a vehicle while setting up diversions to protect the scene of an earlier road traffic incident on the A249 near Sittingbourne.
PC Pratts parents, Christine and Ted, said: ‘I think the book is a lovely idea and its a good way of remembering. Its nice to have something for the police and we are touched that so many of his friends remember him.
The son of Detective Sergeant Charles Brisley, who died on duty at Folkestone Harbour, also attended. DS Brisley died in hospital on 20 April 1978, aged 47, after being struck by the trailer of a reversing transporter lorry.
Paul Brisley said: ‘I think its a great idea as it allows people to pay their respects and it means his memory is still alive.
‘As a child I used to come here for the police open days and the children were made to feel special and understood the importance of the family as one. By having the book I still feel part of the family.
PC Katie Mitchell, who was killed in a collision in Goudhurst while travelling to work at Tonbridge, on 3 October 2007, aged 39, is names in the Book of Remembrance.
Jackie and Peter Brown, parents of PC Mitchell, spoke about the importance of the Book of Remembrance: ‘It means that Katies life in the police force has been acknowledged and will be there forever.
‘We are both so very proud of her and how she represented Kent Police and we are also proud that her colleagues can remember her though this memorial book.
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