Police officers from around the UK have offered to cover their colleagues in Greater Manchester Police (GMP) so they can attend the funerals of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.
Serving officers have offered help on Twitter under the hashtag #coverforgmp and are being considered by the force.
GMP's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan tweeted he was considering "the option" of cover.
Speaking as he went to lay flowers at the scene of the Miss Bone's and Miss Hughes's death, GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said:
He added that the officers' families had been "overwhelmed" by the "massive show of public support" in the wake of their deaths.
Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley, local commander of Tameside where the officers were fatally attacked, said: