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Campaign launched to fund police memorial in Staffordshire

A fundraising campaign has been launched for a memorial to honour fallen police officers in Staffordshire.

A design has already been drawn up for a permanent monument at the National Memorial Arboretum to recognise those who have died in the line of duty.

The project will cost £4 million, and £2 million has already been raised. 

Jane Sawyers, Staffordshire's Chief Constable said "We are often described as a 'police' family, but we are also part of the wider UK Policing family. When officers and staff join the Police service, they don't sign up to lay down their lives in the service of our communities, but they are all aware that this could happen.

"Our force is in a unique position, as Staffordshire will become the home to the new UK Police Memorial when it’s built in the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in the near future.

"It’s our privilege as a force to police and protect the NMA which hosts a number of important annual remembrance events each year. I'm certainly never short of volunteers to work at these events which are often seen on television around the world.

"We want to take time this week to raise awareness about the appeal which is set to make these plans for the memorial become a reality. The aim is for the new national memorial to become a place for the police service and the communities we serve to remember the dedication of those who lose their lives in the service of us all.

"There is a dedicated section on the force website with lots of information and importantly links to details of how we can all support this appeal. I want people just take a few minutes to find out more about the memorial and consider supporting the fund raising.

"Half the funds to build this memorial have already been raised and in the next few weeks every UK police force will launch their own fund raising effort before the national public launch next month involving the Home Secretary."

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