The UK Police Memorial at the NMA

Lit by guilded absence, the Memorial commemorates the courage and sacrifice of all who have dedicated their lives to policing.
Partially visible from the NMA Visitor Centre, the Memorial gradually reveals itself as visitors approach through a wildflower meadow.
Descriptive text and a Sillitoe Tartan, evoking policing, edge the path leading visitors towards the Memorial space.
The space is entered through a tall doorway supporting a brass screen. The doorway represents a ‘threshold’ to the dangerous places where Police go and from which some never return.
Leaf-shaped apertures represent absence and loss.  The brass will weather while the gilt edges remain bright, and as the sun shines the paved surface will be lit by this gilded absence.
Open lawn space, with occasional bench seating, together with a leaf shape stage, allows people to gather for ceremonies and for quiet acts of reflection.
The Memorial is surrounded by a bold and simple ring of trees, imparting a sense of enclosure and protection.
Fallen officers and staff will be commemorated on the Digital Memorial.