On Saturday, we unveiled a memorial stone at Sheffield Cathedral, to remember those South Yorkshire Police officers who have died on duty, serving their communities.
The stone, which has been specially designed for the force, is intended to be a permanent tribute and a symbol of lives lost in the line of duty.
The design incorporates rosemary for remembrance and the names of nine officers who have died since 1974.
Families and friends have been involved in the development process, which has spanned the last few years, delayed in part by Covid-19.
Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Poolman said: “This is a really important moment for the force, and I am so pleased that we are finally able to make this announcement and share the news of the memorial with our communities.
“Officers face great danger in their jobs every single day; when they leave home in the morning, they are never quite sure what they might face.
“Tragically, lives have been lost in the line of duty and it is right that we remember those officers with a permanent memorial and encourage reflection and respect.
“We have thought long and hard about the location for this memorial stone, but we wanted it to be in a public space and a building where members of our communities can access it.”
At the forces annual memorial service, which was held on Saturday at Sheffield Cathedral, the stone was formally unveiled by Chief Constable Lauren Poultney and blessed by Bishop of Sheffield Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox.
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