Police memorial service for officers and staff

A memorial service will be held in Aberdeen next week for police officers and staff who have died in service in the North-east.

The North East of Scotland Police Memorial Service is to take place on Saturday, May 31, in Queen Street Parish Church at 10.30am and anyone wanting to join in the service of remembrance is welcome to attend.

It will be led by police chaplains, Rev David Swan and Rev Capt Gerry Bowyer.

The names of 99 members of staff will be read out during the service and candles will be lit to represent their lives.

President of the North East Branch of the Retired Police Officers’ Association, Kenny Thomson, said: “This service aims to bring together current staff and guests to honour and remember colleagues, and support their family and friends.

“The list of names includes staff from the various police organisations that have existed in the North-east including Elginshire Constabulary, Aberdeen City Police, Aberdeenshire Constabulary, the Scottish North Eastern Counties Constabulary, Grampian Police and now Police Scotland.

“There is already a well-established national memorial service held at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan every September, but this service gives the opportunity for families based in the North-east to come together locally and remember colleagues who have passed away.”

Anyone wanting further information about the service can contact Ron Findlay, secretary of the North East Branch of the Retired Police Officers’ Association by emailing northeast@rpoas.org.uk