ACPO president Sir Hugh Orde said:
"The National Police Memorial Day provides an opportunity for the whole police family to come together and remember police officers who have died protecting the communities they served. Today is particularly poignant as the losses of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes in Greater Manchester and PC Ian Dibell in Essex are still so raw. The tributes to these officers have shown policing was a true vocation for them. We have heard that it was a job Fiona and Nicola loved; and Ian showed his commitment to protecting others even when off-duty, as so many police officers routinely do. We commemorate them and their contribution to policing, along with those that the police family has lost in the past. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues."