"Importance of supporting families of fallen officers" THE Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation has described this weekend's Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Service of Remembrance as a "perfect example of what the police family means".
John Apter, Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, said: "The COPS annual remembrance service is an important event in the policing calendar.
"The families of those who have lost loved ones from the policing family need and deserve the support of all of all of us.
"The recent loss of our own officer, PC Ray Hutchison, has highlighted the need to ensure we support events like this so that those we have lost are never forgotten and that the families are given the support they need."
Sara Glen, an Assistant Chief Constable at Hampshire Constabulary, laid a wreath at the event. She described it as a "very moving day."
ACC Glen said she had worked with PC Steve 'Slim' Rawson as a Detective Chief Inspector in Serious Organised Crime. He died on duty on the 3rd April 2013.
She added: "I still remember when that call came in to say that Slim had been injured. It's very devastating when we lose officers in service. How do we rebuild lives? Well events like today really help in respect to family members, showing solidarity and support. It's a long process."
AC Glen said she was pleased to receive Slim Rawson's wrist band (pictured) from the member of the Police Unity Cycle Tour - Peter Ward, from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Collaboration Unit - and that this would be passed on to PC Rawson's wife.
She added: "Peter didn't know Slim but he actually wore his band the whole way round. I will make sure that Slim's wife gets the band when I go back into Hampshire."