Another End Of Watch

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    • This is what is done when a law enforcement officer (LEO) is killed in the line of duty. He has reached the end of (his) watch. The dispatcher sends out a radio call to which the LEO can no longer respond. It’s unusual to hear a dispatcher break up. They hear and repeat bad news for a living.

  1. I don’t know of any similar ceremony in the UK, but in the not-so-distant past, when a police officer was killed in the line of duty, a memorial plaque/plinth was set up, sometimes at the scene of crime (as in Braybrook Street, East Acton, 1966), sometimes near the officer’s home (as in the case of Keith Blakelock, killed in the Broadwater Farm riots, 1985). For all I know, this may still be the case.

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