About K9 Memorial
The National Police Dog Memorial is part of a wider campaign to ensure police dogs receive greater respect and protection which is reflected in other countries around the globe. This memorial is a UK first and some would say long over due, especially when looking to our US friends and European neighbours where monuments of this importance have been around for a long time.
Victoria Stilwell comments on the importance of Police Dogs and our project.
“Police PDs are not just dogs, they are a vital part of a crime-fighting team whose work should be celebrated alongside their human handlers. The loss of a PD partner is felt so keenly both by handlers and communities alike, and a memorial to remember and celebrate their courage and service will be of great comfort, not just to those in law enforcement, but also to the communities they serve”.
Police Dogs are the unsung heroes of any Police force, put in harms way to keep us safe, now we have a memorial which recognises this dedication , of those Police dogs who have given their lives during service.
Police Dogs do not choose their role but they give it their all and are the true heroes of any police service.
The Police Dogs around the world that have made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered in various ways. There are some magnificent memorials dedicated to them. Equally, in some parts of the police service, dogs who reach retirement are presented with a medal or certificate to celebrate and recognise their service.
The K9 Memorial is responsible for creating the United Kingdom’s first Police Dog retirement medal.