Trust Corrects Misleading Media Reports

We have become aware of a number of misleading and inaccurate stories published in the media suggesting that the names of officers ‘linked to corruption’ investigations could be removed from the new UK Police Memorial to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

This is not the case and does not reflect the Trust’s position.

The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust have established a Names Committee that will examine all issues associated with the names of some 4,000 officers and staff to be commemorated on the new Memorial to ensure that the integrity of the Memorial is maintained.

The Names Committee will be chaired by the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Gareth Morgan, a PAMT Trustee. The Committee will begin its work by developing and recommending ongoing processes for assessment, validation and inscription of the names to be included on both the physical and digital memorials. This will be done in partnership with our stakeholders.

To suggest that ‘dozens of names’ may be removed from the Memorial is both incorrect and disingenuous and causes unnecessary distress to the families of those officers and staff who been killed and died on duty.  

The Trust does not recognise the comments attributed to it as official statements and has written to those news organisations who have run misleading stories asking them to clarify matters for their readers.

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