New honour for officers who died in line of duty; FIRST POLICE ROLL DESIGN WAS SLAMMED.
Byline: JAYNE THOMSON firstname.lastname@example.org
A NEW roll of honour has been unveiled at West Midlands Police headquarters after a previous memorial board came under fire after families labelled it "cheap and plastic" looking.
Angry families criticised the former roll of honour's "disrespectful" design when it was unveiled at a ceremony at Lloyd House HQ In October last year and claimed it looked like a takeaway menu.
But now the fallen heroes have been immortalised on a new roll of honour.
The names of 112 officers and police staff now adorn a wall at police headquarters in a dedicated area of remembrance. Relatives of those killed as a result of their public service joined senior officers at a service of dedication led by Force Chaplain Major Vic Kennedy of the Salvation Army.
The new wood and glass board replaces an incomplete list of fallen officers which hung in Lloyd House, Birmingham, prior to its refurbishment in 2014.
"For the first time we now have the details of all officers and staff from the forces which amalgamated to form what we now know as West Midlands Police," said Chief Constable Dave Thompson.
"Volunteer researchers from our museum have scoured thousands of records spanning 204 years of local policing history to uncover the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. All are now remembered on this beautiful piece of locally-produced work."
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "It was a pleasure to unveil our new roll of honour to the families and friends of former police officers. This new roll of honour is a recognition of the brave officers who have lost their lives protecting us. It is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice that police officers have made to keep communities safe."
The board was part funded by charitable donations from the West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund and Police Federation.
It includes officers from Birmingham Night Watch, Wolverhampton Night Watch, Birmingham Parks Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police, Dudley Borough Police, Birmingham City Police, West Midlands Constabulary, Coventry City Police, Warwickshire & Coventry Constabulary, and West Midlands Police.
The first officer on the roll of honour is Watchman Robert Twyford, 54, of Birmingham Night Watch. He died on November 22, 1814 as a result of injuries and the lasting effects of a gunshot wound to the chest sustained in 1806.
The most recent addition to the roll of honour is 48-year-old PC Michael Chapman who died on April 14, 2014, at Stechford police station after a heart attack.