Prince Charles pays tribute to fallen police officers

29 September 2019, 15:47

Prince Charles greets police at the service in Glasgow
Prince Charles greets police at the service in Glasgow. Picture: Global's Newsroom

By Bekki Clark

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to fallen police officers at a dedicated service in Glasgow.

Charles joined about 1,500 officers, relatives and officials who gathered on Sunday to honour those who died or were killed on duty at the National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) service.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was also in attendance at the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday, where prayers were led and candles lit for UK force personnel who had made "the ultimate sacrifice".

The prince, patron of NPMD, was met on his arrival by a mounted police honour guard.

National police chaplain Canon David Wilbraham said: "This special day gives us the opportunity to come together as a nation to remember our loved ones, friends and colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the communities they served.

"It is an honourable day and a poignant reminder of the dangerous nature of policing."

More than 4,400 officers have died on duty since modern policing began.