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More than a thousand people gathered to pay tribute to the lives of police officers who died in the line of duty.
The Prince of Wales and the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith joined senior police officers and the families of fallen officers for a cathedral service to mark National Police Memorial Day.
Prince Charles was welcomed at Liverpool Cathedral by an honour guard of 41 police horses from 11 forces.
Prince Charles is patron of the National Police Memorial Day and Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, is patron of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, which organised the service and keeps a roll of honour of every officer who dies on duty.
In his address, the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones, said police officers put themselves at risk on behalf of the community and down their life for the sake of others.
He added: "We should not acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of the police without at the same time identifying the pressures that we as a society place the police under."
Later four candles were lit representing the police forces of the four countries of the UK.
A scroll with the names of all the officers on the Police Roll of Honour was then presented to Prince Charles by Mary Henry, the widow of Pc John Henry, of Bedfordshire Police.
Pc Henry was responding to an incident on Luton High Street when he was stabbed on June 11 last year.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: "It is right that once a year we stop and take time to remember those people who dedicate their lives to the police service and have lost their lives."

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