Chinook crash officers’ names added to Scottish Police Memorial
The names of the 10 Royal Ulster Constabulary GC officers who died in the incident in 1994 were among those inscribed during a service at Tulliallan.
The names of police officers from outside forces who died while on duty in Scotland have been added to the Scottish Police Memorial during the annual memorial service.
Ten Royal Ulster Constabulary GC officers killed when the RAF Chinook helicopter they were travelling in crashed on the Mull of Kintyre 25 years ago were among the new inscriptions.
The intelligence experts were among 29 people who died, including members of MI5, the Army and crew.
The name of a US Secret Service agent who had stroke and died during President Donald Trump’s visit to Trump Turnberry hotel in Ayrshire last year was also added to the memorial.
A further name added dates back to 1916 when a Metropolitan Police Office serving with Special Branch as Lord Kitchener’s bodyguard drowned when HMS Hampshire sank off Orkney.
The Scottish Police Memorial Trust’s annual memorial service commemorates every Scottish police officer who has died on duty since 1812 and from now on will also mark the names of officers from other forces who have died in service in Scotland.
Eight officers who lost their lives between 1858 and 1953 were also added to the memorial this year.
Trust co-founder Christine Fulton, whose husband Constable Lewis Fulton died on duty in Glasgow in 1994, said: “The Scottish Police Memorial Trust is honoured this year to include the names of officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC and the United States Secret Service, all of whom died while on duty in Scotland.
“We hope it will bring their families comfort to know that a small part of Scotland is dedicated to their memory.”
The 15th annual service took place at the Scottish Police Memorial in the ground of the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan in Fife and was attended by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and the assistant director of the US Secret Service, Faron Paramore
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone expressed the sympathies of all those in attendance to the family, friends and colleagues of Constable Roy Buggins, 51, who died while on duty in Montrose, Angus, on Tuesday.
Mr Livingstone said: “Police officers perform a difficult and sometimes dangerous job.
“They do so without fear or favour, with courage, integrity and humanity.
“I know the incredible individual and collective acts of public service carried out each and every day.”
He added: “Inside every uniform is a person and behind every person is a family, whose support is invaluable.
“There is also the support of the wider police family. On days such as this, we come together to remember and honour those who are not here but through our memories remain with us.”
Wreaths were laid at the service on behalf of several forces, including the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC, Metropolitan Police, United States Secret Service and Police Scotland.
Among further wreaths laid were those from the Scottish Government, Scottish Police Authority and organisations representing servicing and retired officers.
The service concluded with the release of doves, followed by a minute’s silence.