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Force Act of Remembrance

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Devon and Cornwall Police remember the Fallen

Force chaplain Reverend Prebendary Philip Darby, will lead the event.

Devon and Cornwall Police will pay their respects to those who lost their lives at war during a ceremony on Friday 9th November. With special regard to the centennial anniversary of the end of the First World War, a number of family members of our fallen colleagues have been invited to attend HQ to take part in the service and view the newly erected memorial in the Remembrance Garden as well as the full centennial project and artefacts.

Reverend Prebendary Philip Darby, will open the Act of Remembrance with prayers at Police Headquarters in Exeter, followed by a two minute silence at 11am.

This will be followed by the laying of wreaths led by the Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “On Friday 9th November, staff and officers from Devon and Cornwall Police will express their respect and gratitude as we remember, pay tribute to and honour those who lost their lives or been affected during conflicts. 

“We thank them for the courage they showed and the sacrifice they made for our country and our freedom. This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and have members of our own fallen officers’ families from this War joining us for the service.  During conflicts since World War 1 over 500 officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have served in the Armed Forces with 51 losing their lives.

“Our thoughts are also with those currently serving our country as they continue to demonstrate exceptional bravery."

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and members of Unison, the Police Federation, the Special Constabulary, the Superintendents’ Association, the National Association of Retired Police Officers, the Torbay Inter-Faith Forum, the Exeter Jewish Community, the Exeter Islamic Community, The South West Police Heritage Museum and the Police Roll of Honour Trust will take part in the service.

Order of service

10.50am – Reverend Prebendary Philip Darby

The names of the Fallen are read

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11.00am - Two minute silence


11.02am - Laying of the wreaths during which the Lament will be played

Reading by a chief officer: ‘For The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon

11.05am - Final prayer


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