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"Such an important day in the policing calendar" THE loved ones of police officers who have died in the line of duty will always be remembered, the Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation has said.

John Apter was speaking at National Police Memorial Day in Edinburgh on 27 September.

More than 1,200 police officers of all ranks, politicians and families of fallen officers attended the service in Edinburgh.

They included Rose Drew, whose son James was a PC with Hampshire Constabulary.

"National Police Memorial Day is such an important day in the policing calendar," said Mr Apter.

"It is not only about remembering the ultimate sacrifice so many of our colleagues make, but it's also about making sure that family members such as Rose are reminded that they are a part of the police family, and their loved ones will never be forgotten

"So they're very, very important."

PC Drew died in a car collision on his way to work in January 2009. His mum said the force's support to her family has been "fantastic".

Rose said: "It means an awful lot, the fact that I still keep in touch with the police.

"They've been extremely good, they support me with everything. They're fantastic, they've been absolutely brilliant all the way through."

Andy Marsh, the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, said losing a police colleague is "one of the worst things you could imagine" but it is important for forces to remember them and their families.

CC Marsh said: "It's such an important day for us to remember fallen officers, and help the families of those fallen officers remember what an important job they did for policing and their communities.

"It's one of the worst things that you could ever imagine, the sort of thing you hope never happens.

"You feel a great sense of responsibility towards protecting the people that work with you, but it's a dangerous job that police officers do, and it's important that we get an opportunity to remember."

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