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The Spirit of Policing is the Spirit of Community – there cannot be one without the other.

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PC Fiona Bone & PC Nicola Hughes

The tragic deaths of PC’s Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone in Manchester two weeks ago have clearly touched so many people and what has followed has reminded me, as a serving officer of 13 years in the south of England, that the majority of the public do still support the Police. This is often something we forget when dealing with the minority of society who commit crime and seek to disrupt our neighbourhoods.

We were visiting family just outside Manchester shortly after the incident which resulted in the deaths of these officers on 18th September. We brought flowers to take to the scene and upon learning who the flowers were for we were extremely touched by the kind words from the florist and the extra flowers she added without charge.

Visiting the scene was very poignant. Both the officers present and members of…

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