National Memorial Arboretum service for police officers

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image captionWreaths were laid and photographs displayed of officers who died in the line of duty

Hundreds of people gathered for a service of remembrance for police officers who have died on duty.

The annual Care of Police Survivors (COPS) service was held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

A roll of honour of police officers who have died on duty over the past year was read out, along with readings by family members.

Force representatives laid remembrance wreaths.

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image captionA guard of honour - named The Beat - lined the path as families walked through
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image captionThe Lancashire Constabulary formed part of the guard of honour

Jan Berry, chairman of COPS, said: "The Service of Remembrance is a chance for us all to remember those no longer with us - and also to celebrate the memories we have of them.

"It is a culmination to a weekend of 'healing, love and life renewed' and is all part of the COPS mission - to help rebuild shattered lives."

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image captionOfficers from the West Midlands Police Force were among those paying tribute to colleagues who died in the line of duty
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image captionIndividual police forces sent tributes to the service

Roll of honour at the 2015 ceremony:

  • PC David Arthur, Metropolitan Police
  • PC Jonathan Relph, Metropolitan Police
  • PC Kevin Stoodley, Avon & Somerset Police
  • PC Russell Wylie, Humberside Police
  • PC Neil Doyle, Merseyside Police
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image captionColleagues and families paid tribute to those who have died
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image captionAbout 500 family members of officers who have died gathered at the arboretum
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image captionThe Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire was among those who sent wreaths

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