The Police Memorial Trust was the brainchild of film producer, Michael Winner after the fatal shooting of WPC Yvonne Fletcher on 17 April 1984. Mr Winner wrote a letter to the editor of The Times newspaper, suggesting a memorial be erected in WPC Fletcher’s honour. After receiving donations from members of the public, Michael Winner created the Police Memorial Trust in 1984. The Trust’s first memorial was to WPC Fletcher, and was unveiled by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in St James’s Square, London, at the site of the shooting.
The Trust’s third memorial, and the first to be erected outside London, was sited at the seafront at Frinton-on-Sea in Essex. This was the spot where PC Brian Bishop was fatally shot by an armed robber on 22 August 1984. PC Bishop’s memorial was unveiled by then Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, on 19 February 1986.
Between 1984 and 2016, the Police Memorial Trust erected over 40 memorials to officers killed in the line of duty, normally at or near where they fell.
The National Police Memorial, sited in St. James’s Park at the junction of Horse Guards Road and The Mall, was unveiled on 26 April 2005 by Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the Police Memorial Trust.
The Police Memorial Trust is a charitable organisation based in London. The Trust’s objective is to erect memorials to police officers killed in the line of duty, at or where they fell to act as a permanent reminder to the public of the sacrifice they made.
Since the death of Michael Winner in 2013 his widow, Geraldine, continues the work of the Trust.