Officers from West Midlands Police Federation will be making a poignant trip to London today (10/04) for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer.
Thousands of police officers and staff, as well as other emergency service workers and members of the public, will line the streets of the capital ahead of the full police service funeral which is being held at 2PM at Southwark Cathedral.
PC Palmer was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack on Wednesday 22nd March which left four people dead and around 50 people injured, including three other Metropolitan Police officers.
Interim chair Tom Cuddeford and full-time constables’ representative George Mcdonnell will represent West Midlands Police Federation at the event. They will be attending the service with Chief Constable David Thompson while around 30 other West Midlands officers will be travelling to London in a coach laid on by the Force so they can line the route to the cathedral.
“At times like this, the policing family comes together. We feel it is important for the Federation, and therefore the Force, to be represented at this service, to pay tribute to PC Palmer and also demonstrate our support for his family, his friends and his colleagues,” says Tom.
“I am sure it will be a service fitting for a brave man who left his family on the morning of the incident to go to work and serve his communities. Sadly, he never made it home at the end of his shift and we should all honour and remember his sacrifice.”
The funeral is also likely to be attended by politicians and will be one of the first official engagements for the Met’s new Commissioner Cressida Dick. It will be followed by a private cremation.
A social media campaign under the hashtag #StandforKeith has been shared thousands of times by serving and retired officers.
PC Palmer’s family say they had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the ‘outpouring of love’ for the officer following the atrocity.
In a statement issued days after his death, they said: “We want to thank everyone who has reached out to us over the past few days for their kindness and generosity. The police have been a constant, unwavering support and this very difficult time.
“It has made us realise what a caring, strong and supporting family Keith was part of during his career with the police. We can’t thank them enough.”