Pictured: Deputy PCC Jim Battle, ACC Ian Hopkins and Albert Maskrey
To mark Remembrance Day, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle joined Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins to remember the many police officers who died in the first and second world wars.
The moving wreath-laying ceremony took place at the new city-centre home for Greater Manchester Police, on Lloyd Street in Manchester Town Hall.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said: “Today was a very humbling experience. These fallen officers showed great courage in situations and circumstances I can only begin to imagine. It’s important to recognise their heroism and bravery, but we must almost remember that these were ordinary young men, ordinary officers who ended up paying an extraordinary price for the liberty of others. And for that we will be forever thankful.”
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “Every day police officers risk their lives to keep the public safe. These officers were no different. They marched to war and ended up paying the ultimate price to ensure the safety and freedom of the people back home. Remembering their sacrifice is the least we can do to pay them back for all they have given.”
Jim and DCC Hopkins were joined at the service by Albert Maskrey who has placed a wreath at the memorial every year at the former Bootle Street Police Station in memory of a police officer and friend who died in the second World War.
Albert said: “The new home for the plaques is a big improvement on Bootle Street as here they can be viewed better by members of the public who want to pay their respects. GMP has done us proud.”
The memorial plaques were originally located at the former Bootle Street Police Station but were moved to Lloyd Street when the old station closed down this summer. The plaques will be formally rededicated at a special ceremony early next year.