Police and Crime Commissioner Marks National Police Memorial Day

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has paid tribute to all police officers who have been killed or lost their lives on duty, ahead of National Police Memorial Day on Sunday 27 September.

National Police Memorial Day was founded following the killing of Kent Police officer Jon Odell in 2000.

The event is also an opportunity to recognise the dedication and courage displayed by all police officers across the UK.

Jeff Cuthbert said: “National Police Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to remember those officers that have lost their lives while on duty, but also to thank serving police officers for the hard work, dedication and courage that they display every day as they protect and serve our communities.

“The risks they take are very real, a fact brought home by the tragic killing of an officer in south London just this week. It was only a few months ago that one of our own officers was stabbed during an altercation, and physical and verbal abuse is commonplace.

“Police officers in Gwent have been tested like never before over the last few months. These challenges will continue with the introduction of local lockdowns but I am reassured that our officers will continue to rise to these challenges admirably.

“So I would like to thank all police officers, past and present, for their service and for all they do to keep us safe.”