In March of this year – in the immediate, horrifying aftermath of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack – we discovered and expressed a renewed sense of appreciation for our police officers: for who they are and what they do.
The following month, we lined the streets in our thousands as the funeral cortege of PC Keith Palmer passed by.
Greater love hath no man than to lay his life down.
Across the city, members of the public approached uniformed PCs, shook them by the hand and thanked them for their courage and sacrifice.
Then came Manchester. And London Bridge. And Grenfell Tower. And Finsbury Park.
In recent times, police officers and their emergency services colleagues have displayed extraordinary professionalism and frankly staggering levels of bravery – time and time and time again.
And those same officers and paramedics and fire crews are out there right now, answering endless cries for help: from the abandoned, the assaulted, the addicted and the abused; from any one of us at any moment. The work they do moves in and out of the...
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