Officers who died on duty remembered at annual memorial
Susan Deacon, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority joined senior police officers and politicians alongside the families and friends of officers who died on duty in Scotland for the Scottish Police Memorial Trust’s Annual Memorial Service in Tulliallan on Wednesday 4 September.
Now in its 15th year, the charity event provides a dedicated commemoration of the lives and service of every Scottish police officer who has died while on duty since 1812. The names of eight officers who lost their lives between 1858 and 1953 have been added to the memorial this year.
From this year the memorial also bears the names of law enforcement officers who have died serving with a policing agency while on duty in Scotland.
Speaking after the event, Susan Deacon, Chair of the SPA said: "The Scottish Police Memorial Trust's annual service was an opportunity to remember the officers lost on duty in Scotland and pay tribute to each of them for their service. The Memorial at Tulliallan acts as a reminder to us all of the courage our officers display while carrying out their duties."
Co-founder of the Scottish Police Memorial Trust, Christine Fulton MBE, whose husband PC Lewis Fulton was killed on duty in Glasgow in 1994, said: “The Scottish Police Memorial Trust is honoured this year to include the names of officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC and the United States Secret Service, all of whom died while on duty in Scotland. We hope it will bring their families comfort to know that a small part of Scotland is dedicated to their memory.”
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone is a trustee of the charity. He said: “Police officers perform a difficult and sometimes dangerous job. They do so without fear or favour, with courage, integrity and humanity. I know the incredible individual and collective acts of public service carried out each and every day.
“Policing is a job like no other, it is a vocation. It’s not what we do, it’s who we are. Every minute of every day, every day of every week. Our officers come from all walks of life, from varied backgrounds and diverse traditions, reflecting the communities we serve.
“What unites them is a shared sense of purpose and duty, an ethos of public service, striving to protect the vulnerable and improve the safety, security and wellbeing of their fellow citizens.
“Inside every uniform is a person and behind every person is a family, whose support is invaluable. There is also the support of the wider police family. On days such as this, we come together to remember and honour those who are not here, but through our memories remain with us.”
The Chief Constable also expressed the sympathies of all those in attendance to the family, friends and colleagues of Police Constable Roy Buggins who died on duty in Montrose yesterday, Tuesday 3 September.
Today’s service took place at the Scottish Police Memorial in the grounds of the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan in Fife where doves were released to conclude the event, following a minute’s silence.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of a number of organisations, including: the Scottish Police Memorial Trust; Police Scotland; the Scottish Government; the Scottish Police Authority; British Transport Police; Ministry of Defence Police; HMICS; Scottish Police Federation; Association of Scottish Police Superintendents; Retired Police Officers Association Scotland; Metropolitan Police; United States Secret Service; Royal Ulster Constabulary GC; and the Lord Lieutenant of Fife.