Thurrock police officers pay their respects to fallen hero PC Keith Palmer

COPS is a charity that helps families of police officers who have died in the line of duty and the release of the single coincides with the funeral of PC Keith Palmer who sadly lost his life in the tragic attacks at Westminster.

Essex Police's Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, new deputy chief constable BJ Harrington and around 20 officers from across the ranks in the force will represent Essex Police at the funeral.

Tens of thousands of others also took to the capital's streets as a hearse took PC Palmer's coffin from Westminster to Southwark Cathedral for his funeral service.

Hundreds of uniformed officers lined the cortege route from a chapel at the parliament building where Palmer's body had lain overnight to Southwark Cathedral beside the River Thames.

PC Palmer, 48, was killed on March 22 by a 52-year-old convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, as he stood guard outside parliament.

"During Keith's policing service he met and worked alongside many officers and left a positive impression on all". Around 50 members of PC Palmer's family attend the cathedral service, led by the Dean of Southwark.

PC Palmer was one of five people killed during the attack which began when Masood drove his rental vehicle at high-speed into pedestrians on the pavement of Westminster Bridge.

"We want to offer our condolences, by way of our presence, to his family, friends and colleagues".

During the service, PC Palmer was remembered for his excellent police work.

For those unable to attend Palmer's funeral in London, a two-minute silence was held outside police stations across the country.

PC Palmer's name has been added to the National Police Memorial, which records the names of officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Andreea Cristea, 31, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Kurt Cochran, 54, and Aysha Frade, 44, died after he ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

PC Palmer's was taken to a chapel inside parliament on Sunday, where a private service was held after Queen Elizabeth II granted special dispensation.

  • Leroy Wright