PC Smith died on duty in 1973

On Thursday 2 December The Police Memorial Trust unveiled a plaque to commemorate the life of an officer who died serving his community.

Prior to his death PC Dennis Smith was travelling along Rosehill Road in pursuit of suspect, who was in possession of a firearm. During the pursuit, the officer sustained fatal wounds.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and members of the local policing team attended the event where they were joined by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, Mayor of Torquay and members of the local council. Flowers were laid by the plaque and speeches were read, remembering the life and service of PC Smith.

 

PC Dennis Smith Memorial with Flowers
PC Dennis Arthur Smith QPM

Chairman of The Police Memorial Trust, Mrs Michael Winner said: “It is absolutely right that the landscape of Rosehill Road should change just a little, it is a fitting place for those who live, work and visit Torquay to remember PC Smith QPM for generations to come.

“Paying tribute by placing this plaque here in honour of the sacrifice made by PC Smith is an enduring legacy to the kind of people this country relies upon, and there are thousands more police officers no less heroic.”

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “The actions of PC Dennis Smith in December 1973, represented the finest traditions of British Policing, whereby an individual act of duty in confronting an incident on the road, led to the ultimate sacrifice. In those last moments, instead of fleeing, Dennis confronted the individual who was to kill him and others.

Chairman of The Police Memorial Trust, Mrs Michael Winner said: “It is absolutely right that the landscape of Rosehill Road should change just a little, it is a fitting place for those who live, work and visit Torquay to remember PC Smith QPM for generations to come.

“Paying tribute by placing this plaque here in honour of the sacrifice made by PC Smith is an enduring legacy to the kind of people this country relies upon, and there are thousands more police officers no less heroic.”

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “The actions of PC Dennis Smith in December 1973, represented the finest traditions of British Policing, whereby an individual act of duty in confronting an incident on the road, led to the ultimate sacrifice. In those last moments, instead of fleeing, Dennis confronted the individual who was to kill him and others.

PC Dennis Arthur Smith QPM

“The actions of Dennis and all colleagues who give their lives in the service of others are, I believe, not only to be respected but also remembered by colleagues and the public. This act of remembrance has been led and supported through the good work of others, amongst which are those who knew Dennis. To all of them, I am truly grateful.”

The Police Memorial Trust was founded by Michael Winner in 1984 with the objective ‘to erect memorial to British police officers killed in the line of duty’ and to date has unveiled over 50 memorials.

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