Dear friends and colleagues, as Chairman of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC
Foundation, I know how difficult the past eight or nine months have been
for many of us and our loved ones. It has also been very challenging for
the RUCGC Foundation as we attempted to fulfill its mandate and achieve
its annual objectives.
The Foundation, established by the Police (NI) Act 2000, was formed “to
mark the sacrifices and honour the achievements of the Royal Ulster
Constabulary”. We do this in many ways including the holding of our Annual
RUCGC Day Thanksgiving Church Service on the
Statement from Foundation Chairman.
I am sure many of you are aware of the dreadful events of 50 years ago – events that
sadly were the commencement of a despicable, bloody trail of murder of many good men
and women who served Northern Ireland society as members of the RUC. The following
statement was circulated to mark the dreadful events of 11th August 1970:
As Chairman of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation it is my privilege to
lead an organisation that is charged with the solemn, but nevertheless essential,
duty “to mark the sacrifices and honour
RUC GC DAY 7TH JUNE 2020
MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN
Dear Colleagues, I posted this short message on 7th June 2020 – the first Sunday of this month – when we had planned to hold our ANNUAL RUC GC DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE. This year it was to be in Ballymena but due to the dreadful pandemic affecting us all, the RUC GC Foundation reluctantly had to postpone the event. As Chairman of that Foundation – a FOUNDATION that was created to MARK THE SACRIFICES AND HONOUR THE ACHIEVEMENTS of
The RUCGC Foundation is delighted to launch applications for its 2020
Bursary scheme. These provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for officers
and staff to explore potential policing innovations through travel outside
Northern Ireland. Up to £5,000 and three weeks of research leave is
The Bursaries are a core part of the Foundation’s mandate to support
policing innovations and are delivered in partnership with Ulster
University and PSNI. They aim to support individual officers and staff in
their professional development and contribute to improvements and
innovations in policing in Northern Ireland. We encourage proposals that
demonstrate why applicants are passionate about
Two RUC officers killed in a 1972 IRA gun attack on their vehicle in Londonderry were remembered at the War Memorial in the city on the anniversary of their deaths.
Sergeant Peter Gilgunn (26) and David Montgomery (20) were the first of 20 RUC casualties that year.
Chairman of the RUCGC Foundation Stephen White, who laid a wreath at the cenotaph, said it was important not to forget the sacrifice and dedication of the RUC officers.
Chairman’s New Year Message 2020
Dear Colleagues, may I start by wishing you, and all your families, a very happy New Year and by thanking you for all the excellent support given to the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation.
As a new year, in fact a new decade, begins I thought I should write a short message to review the past twelve months and also to look forward to what the RUC GC Foundation plans to achieve in the future.
It seems only a short time since November 2018 when I had the
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Belfast, Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle visited the
offices of the Foundation on 13th June.
There she met Chairman Stephen White and Trustee Shane Quinn and discussed the
Foundation’s plans and objectives for the future.
Stephen thanked HML for her keen interest in the work of the Foundation and her
ongoing support as it performs its important role.