Staffordshire Police officers invited to pay their respects at The Cenotaph


THREE serving Staffordshire Police  officers will be attending tomorrow’s  (Sunday) Ceremony of Remembrance at The Cenotaph in London.

The Force has been given the rare opportunity to send a team of officers to represent all four forces in the region.

Following a random draw from lots of applications internally,  Sergeant James Murphy, PC Andrew Sigley and PC Julie Hargreaves will join officers from Warwickshire to represent the West Midlands at the Remembrance Parade.

They will be with the Civilian Service Contingent (CSC), which consists of approximately 180 people and is drawn from uniformed members of the emergency services, the Prison Service and supporting organisations like the St John Ambulance Brigade.

The CSC make up a quarter of the static guard of honour to Her Majesty the Queen and form up around the Cenotaph.

They will take their place on Whitehall alongside the Army detachment, opposite the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. The CSC representatives will be required to march on and off parade in Whitehall, in view of the Royal Family and the public during the ceremony.

PC Julie Hargreaves, a dog handler from Longton, said: “I’ve watched the Ceremony of Remembrance in London on the television since I was little and always wondered what the experience would be like to take part.”