Police Memorial Service

On 5th September I attended the Annual Service of Remembrance at the Scottish Police Memorial, located on the grounds of the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan. This memorial is dedicated to those police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Reverend Georgie Baxendale’s service was a fine tribute, and the Lone Piper’s Lament by Stewart Reid, whose police officer grandfather lost his life in the line of duty, was particularly moving. Among those who laid wreaths was Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, on behalf of the Scottish Government, while the Lord-Lieutenant of Fife, Margaret Dean, laid another on behalf of the Queen.

The Scottish Police Service has changed a great deal over the years and will soon become a single force. One thing that remains constant is the dedication of those men and women who face risks every day in order to preserve public safety.

The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.

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