Sussex Police hold two minute silence after Paris shootings

Sussex Police observe a two minute silence
Sussex Police observe a two minute silence

Sussex Police observed a two minutes silence today (January 8) for the 12 people, including two police officers, and another officer, who tragically lost their lives in Paris in the last 24 hours.

At 10.25am there was a short memorial service at police headquarters in Lewes, followed by the two minutes silence for all of those who died in these incidents and as a result of other such tragedies.

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Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney led the service, quoting philosopher Voltaire, and said, “I may not agree with what you have to say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

She added, “Our job, as a proud police profession, is to protect the vulnerable, keeping people safe from harm.

“Yesterday our French colleagues were murdered doing simply that, dying alongside 10 others and today another officer has been murdered in the south of Paris.

“We are the police family. We stand with you, our colleagues in France as you mourn and honour those killed.

“As you continue to bravely walk towards danger in your hunt for those who have caused such horror, we continue to police today as you do in France and will do every day.”