Staffordshire Police Federation members can pay their respects to fallen colleagues at this year’s National Police Memorial Day by leaving a message on the online tribute wall.

Branch secretary Chris Rodger says it’s “a lovely way” to remember the lives of officers who have died in the line of duty.

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

Chris, who will represent Staffordshire Police Federation at the service, said: “The National Police Memorial Day is a really important day for the policing family and brings us together to remember those who have died in the line of duty and to support their families.

“I would encourage as many members as possible to pay their respects on the tribute wall.

“Dedicate a message, post a photo, or share a memory or a story with others. It’s a lovely way to remember and celebrate the lives of those officers who have died.”

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.

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.

Federation representatives, chief officers and the Home Secretary usually join the families of fallen officers at the service.