PC Dave Phillips remembered at Police Memorial unveiling

PC Dave Phillips remembered at Police Memorial unveiling

The permanent Police Memorial to fallen officer PC Dave Phillips, of Merseyside Police, was unveiled today.

The Memorial Service - which was attended by the Phillips family - saw Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke and Prime Minister Theresa May revealed the stone in the historic Hamilton Square Gardens, Birkenhead.

Pete Singleton, Chairman of Merseyside Police Federation said: “Dave Phillips was killed protecting the people he swore to serve, attempting to stop a dangerously driven stolen vehicle.

"This memorial is important not only for his family, friends and the wider Police family but also for the public of Wirral.

"The memorial will be a focal point for the police and people of Wirral & Merseyside to remember Dave's bravery. It is a tangible way to recognise Dave's service and sacrifice. His bravery will never be forgotten."

Andy Cooke, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police said: "I hope this memorial will ensure PC Dave Phillips’s legacy lives on, as an officer who was the ultimate professional and committed to keeping the communities of the Wirral safe.

"Dave represented everything that people want from their police service, and everyone at Merseyside Police is extremely proud to say that he was one of us.

"I would like to thank The Police Memorial Trust on behalf of Merseyside Police, Dave’s colleagues and friends, and the public he served for this wonderful memorial and I would also wish to thank Geraldine Winner and her colleagues for continuing the great work Michael started all those years ago.”

PC Phillips was killed on 5th October 2015 whilst trying to stop a stolen vehicle on the Wallasey Docks Link Road North, Merseyside. He is the 50th officer killed in the course of duty to be honoured by the Police Memorial Trust since its formation in 1984.