ASPS President Niven Rennie, pictured here with Irene Curtis, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, Brian Docherty, Chair of the Scottish Police Federation and Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, was proud to represent the Association at the 13th Annual Care of Police Survivors’ Service of Remembrance which took place on Sunday 26 July at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. There were moving tributes, mixed with humour, as police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice were remembered by their family and friends.
More than 700 surviving family members and serving police officers gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum to pay respects to officers who have died on duty. Niven Rennie laid a wreath on behalf of ASPS, with his own thoughts turning to Superintendent Neil McCover who tragically died in a road accident near to the police training centre at Jackton on 8th October 2010.
During the service a cheque for £75,000 was presented to the charity, which had been raised by this year’s Police Unity Tour for Care of Police Survivors. The cyclists rode 170 miles over three days – from London to Staffordshire – to raise the money for COPs, each wearing a metal wrist band with the name of a fallen officer on it, which was presented to the family of that officer at the end of the ride.