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Chairman: National Police Memorial Day is such an important day in the policing calendar

Speaking at the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, John Apter said: "I think it's really important. It's a day to reflect and remember our fallen colleagues, but as importantly it's to remember the families of those fallen colleagues and make sure that they know that we never forget those who we've lost.

"So we can't underestimate just how important that is, and certainly for the families who I keep in contact with within Hampshire, and those that we bring with us to the event and those that we don't, I know just how important this is because they want to make sure that we never forget their loved ones."

John added: "This must be an annual event. It's such an important day in the policing calendar, to remember. I think it's very sad that Joe and Sharon Holness are retiring this year, they have been fantastic ambassadors.

"This wouldn't have been in place if it wasn't for them and I think they should be immensely proud of their achievement. But this day must continue.

"And I'm honoured to be here not only representing Hampshire Police Federation but also bringing families of fallen officers here and showing them that not only will we never forget their loved ones, but we will make sure that their legacy lives on in events such as this. So I can't underestimate just how important this is."

Rosemary Drew, (pictured middle) whose Hampshire PC son James Drew died on duty in 2009, said: "It's a difficult time for us but John's been brilliant.

"It's just to know that James will never be forgotten. I just feel that I have to do it, and because the police have been so supportive it's just really nice to come along, and I like to support them as well, do some charity things to help as well. It's just my way of keeping in contact and keeping the memory of James going."

John joined Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney and surviving family members at the this year's National Police Memorial Day. The daughter of PC Dave Phillips lit a candle as police officers who have died on duty were remembered.

Prince Charles attended the 13th annual event as it returned to St Paul's Cathedral. Around 4,000 officers were remembered and the names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice over the past year were read out.

Remembered this year were PC Douglas Wiggins, of Police Scotland; PC Sahib Lalli, of the Met; and Merseyside's PC David Phillips.

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