Memorial for a North Yorkshire Special Constable
12:00am 14th June 2012
(Updated 10:12am 14th June 2012)
It's 20 years since the death of a North Yorkshire Special Constable.
Now it's being used as a poignant reminder of the daily fight a police officer faces.
Glenn Goodman was murdered on duty near Tadcaster back in 1992.
He was shot by IRA terrorists in a car he was routinly checking with a partner on the A64.
North Yorkshire Superintendent Richard Anderson has paid tribute to him.
He says they'll never forget the ultimate sacrifice Glenn made as a volunteer protecting the community.
It's a reminder of the dangers officers face each day on the frontline.
A memorial service will be held at St Mary's church in Tadcaster at 2 o clock.
North Yorkshire Police Statement:
Memorial Service for Special Constable Glenn Goodman
Superintendent Richard Anderson who is responsible for North Yorkshire Police's Special Constabulary, said:
"The memorial service for Glenn Goodman is a poignant reminder of the dangers which police officers, both specials and regulars, face each day on the frontline".
"Glenn was a volunteer who gave up his own time to serve the people of North Yorkshire and we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice he made while helping to protect our communities."
Police Specials Statement:
The front-line role performed by the modern Special Constabulary was brought home in 1992 by the murder of Glenn Goodman, a Special Constable with North Yorkshire Police.
Glenn had hoped to join the regular police and had served as a special for only a few months. Glenn was a happy, likeable, enthusiastic 37 year-old. On the evening of 6th June 1992, he went out on one of his first patrols with a regular officer.
He put in extra hours that night and it was almost 4 o'clock in the morning of 7th June when the two officers made a routine check on a car on the A64 near Tadcaster. The car turned out to contain two IRA terrorists. They shot at the officers and both men were badly wounded. Glenn died later on that Sunday evening. The regular officer, PC Sandy Kelly, spent many weeks in hospital and has since retired from the force.
Fortunately, SC Goodman's tragic death is an extreme case, but every day, especially on weekend evenings, thousands of Special constables are on duty alongside their regular colleagues, dealing with exactly the same sort of incidents and facing the same challenges and dangers.
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