The bravery of men and women in the Royal Ulster Constabulary has been recorded in a new book - ‘Honours and Medals Awarded To The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC 1922-2001’.
The 500-page book was written by former RUC officer Roy Black and has been published by the RUC GC Foundation.
It details all the awards given to RUC officers between 1922 and 2001, in some cases providing a background why the award was made.
Author Roy Black said: “This book is a tribute to the ordinary men and women who had the privilege to wear the green uniform, a uniform which inspired them daily to perform acts of great courage and suffer privations in the course of their duty, far and beyond that expected in any normal society.
“Their memory must not be permitted to be sullied by political propaganda, exploited for expediency by opportunists – political or otherwise – or ignored and forgotten as were their forefathers in the RIC.”
Former Assistant Chief Constable Stephen White, a Trustee of the RUC GC Foundation, writes in the foreword that the book will help people gain a deeper insight into the service and courage of the men and women in the RUC.
“The RUC’s story is in my opinion, one of dedication, service, bravery and professionalism and as so aptly illustrated in this book, about ordinary men and women performing extraordinary actions – often above and beyond the call of duty.”
“Honours and Medals”, priced at £20, can be obtained from the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation, 65, Knock Road, Belfast, BT5 6LE, Tel: 028 90700116.