Nottinghamshire Police Federation secretary Tom Hill says he’s looking forward to the police family coming together in person this weekend to pay their respect to fallen officers.

This year’s National Police Memorial Day service takes place at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast at 2pm on Sunday (25 September).

The impact of the pandemic means it’s the first time in two years that everyone will be able to attend in person to pay their respects.

It was held online only in 2020, and at Lincoln Cathedral last year with restricted numbers of guests because of Covid-19 measures.

An online tribute wall has been set up again this year for people to add their own messages for officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Tom said: “The National Police Memorial Day is an important date in our calendar and one that we always look for.

“I’m really pleased that after the challenges of the past two years, the police service can come together to celebrate and remember the lives of those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s important that we never forget them, that we remember their loved ones and continue to offer them all the comfort and support that we can.

“Our members can do that by adding a message to the tribute wall, and I would encourage as many as possible to do so.”

National Police Memorial Day was first held in 2004 and has been held at the end of September each year since. It rotates around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It provides a dignified and sensitive service of remembrance to honour the courage and ultimate sacrifice of police officers of the almost 4,000 police officers who have been killed or died on duty.