This year’s National Police Memorial Day Service has been cancelled because of the ongoing restrictions caused by COVID-19.
The event was due to take place in Lincoln on 27 September.
Cambridgeshire Police Federation chair Liz Groom said the decision was ‘disappointing but not a surprise’.
“National Police Memorial Day brings the whole of the policing community together and allows officers to join with the families of fallen officers to remember their loved ones. It is such a shame that it has had to be cancelled but it is a decision that is completely understandable given the ongoing crisis,” says Liz.
“It is crucial though that we still find time to remember those who have died in the line of duty while serving their communities.”
The Reverend Canon David Wilbraham MBE, National Police Memorial Day co-ordinator, said: “Based on the current circumstances, the trustees of National Police Memorial Day have decided to cancel our gathering in Lincoln this year. We know that this decision will be a disappointment we all feel, and we will miss being together.
“However, we are absolutely committed to mark National Police Memorial Day over the last weekend of this September and do so in a way that will enable you and others to be part of it. It is likely that this will be an online memorial service.
“As soon as a decision has been made, we will make a further public announcement.”
The event will return to Lincoln next year with the event planned for Sunday 26 September. The 2022 memorial day is scheduled to take place in Northern Ireland.